eLearning Fact vs Fiction

The following resources are great places to begin sorting out the facts about Digital Learning Environments and the development, evolution and effectiveness of eLearning. Understanding the effectiveness, design, efficiencies, and operation of digital learning environments is a process that takes longer than a five minute web flyby. But these flybys should get a first round of questions raised and framed.

The first, a quick read, is a post titled 30 Criticisms Of eLearning That Just Might Be Myths.  It appeared in the te@chthought.com blog on January 13 2013.

The second is an excellent read (a bit older but very timely) posted by Marc Rosenberg October 11, 2011 in a two part article in Learning Solutions Magazine titled eLearning Myths Part1 and Part 2. Marc outlines and frames 11 items as candidates for eLearning myth.

While we are at it why don’t we begin to explore other education myths. As a jumping off point the 18 Myths of Education Infographic posted November 22, 2013 on eLearninginfographics.com  should serve to queue up some questions.


25% of China’s population with the highest IQ’s…


That 25% of China’s population with the highest IQ’s … is greater than the total population of the United States.

Startling? Not really. It has certainly made the rounds on the internet and been posted, shared and featured in numerous YouTube videos. This seemingly profound revelation is no more than a sensational view of basic demographics. The population of China is over 1.3 billion. The population of the United States is 330 million. Since the population of the U.S. is less than 1/4 the population of China the statement can be technically true for any comparison of this nature.

What the statement does not do is compare the IQ’s or the distribution of IQ’s between China and the U.S. In fact it makes no qualitative statement concerning the brain power of the respective countries at all.

So now you know a really great trick of sensationalizing basic information.