Lessons From the Open University: Low-Tech Learning Often Works Best

A common error is to overestimate the impact of a new trend in the short term and underestimate its effect in the long term. Recent public discourse about the use of online technology in higher education has fallen headlong into that trap.

Eighteen months ago, pundits were telling us that e-learning would sweep away college campuses as we know them, and that distance education would not survive unless all learning could be delivered online to a computer screen. The dot-com frenzy of