An Introduction to e-Learning

Why is e-Learning Important ?

More about Vin Weem

Wim Veen has developed the concept and the term "Homo Zappien “. He suggests that in our schools, colleges and universities we have a generation that were bought up in a digital age – Homo Zappien. This illustration describes what he regards as a fundamental shift.

image illustrating the differences bewteen Homo Zappiens and Homo Sapiens

Homo Zappiens are used to having many feeds, capable of holding a number of online conversations, watching TV, listening to back ground music and doing their work! He cites the way in which Homo Zappiens work and learn collaboratively, drawing examples from games such as World of Warcraft . The impact of new and ubiquitous technologies enable new paradigms of learning & teaching to be developed such as :

  • Enquiry based approaches
  • Networked learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Active learning
  • Self organisation
  • Problem solving strategies

Wim Veen is a professor at Delft University of Technology, where his research focuses on new concepts and strategies for ICT enhanced learning.