The Australian Education Union (AEU) has labelled online learning “the new global education”, arguing that the technology is now so advanced that it is undermining education.
The AEU said the rise of “cloud computing” has given educators an opportunity to learn in an “online virtual classroom”, and it is now “harder and harder to make sense of the world”.
“The challenge is the more we get to understand what’s going on in our brains, the harder it becomes to understand the world,” AEU National President Michael Hird said.
“What’s happening with the rise in the cloud computing is we have a lot of cloud computing and that is the technology we need to learn.”
He said that while it was true that some universities have moved to cloud computing, it was becoming increasingly difficult to understand how.
“The reality is that we’re becoming more and more complex, and increasingly difficult, to understand,” he said.
The union said that more and better teaching tools were making it easier to teach online, but that more needed to be done to ensure the technology was not undermining the teaching of physical classrooms.
“We need to be careful in how we use this technology,” Mr Hird told ABC News.
“There’s a reason why the world is going to be less peaceful if we don’t do something about it.”
If we don’ t, we are going to see a lot more wars and the loss of life.
“Mr Hird argued that the current lack of support for education professionals in the education system was a result of the state’s economic downturn.”
I think this is a problem of people being pushed into jobs that are no longer paying the right wage or the right hours or the job offers the right level of support, and that’s where we are in,” he told the ABC.”
A lot of people are being pushed to the margins and that creates an environment that isn’t conducive to education.
“Mr Hart said there were still a lot that could be done, including setting up a system of incentives for employers to provide support for the best teachers.”
But you can’t just rely on employers and governments to do this,” he warned.