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Copyrighted 2009 by Educational Technology Magazine scheduled for publication in the March April 2009 edition and not for general public distribution until March 1 2009 The Transformation of Learning with Technology Learner Centricity Content and Tool Malleability and Network Effects Michael D Bush Jonathan D Mott Educational visionaries and reformers have long predicted a significant transformation of teaching and learning that would be facilitated by technology essentially providing every learner with the equivalent of a personal tutor Technology implementations in education however have consistently fallen short of achieving these lofty aims The authors argue that this failure stems from a penchant to implement technology in ways that automate that past Instead we must champion learning technologies that are learnercentric and malleable such that they address the needs of individual learners and can take advantage of the power of network effects Only then will we realize the long awaited transformation Introduction The 1960s was a decade decade of dreams full world At the beginning Bob Cummings helped of upheavals but it was also a of grand visions of a better of that momentous era actor fuel the national fascination Michael D Bush is Associate Professor of French and Instructional Psychology and Technology and Associate Director of the Center for Language Studies at Brigham Young University Provo Utah e mail Michael Bush byu edu He has organized four iterations of the ID SCORM Symposium at BYU and is participating as a member of LETSI in the formulation of requirements for SCORM 2 0 Jonathan D Mott is Assistant to the Academic Vice President Academic Technology and Adjunct Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University e mail jonmott byu edu He is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of educational technology at BYU with flying cars when he purchased and piloted an Aerocar on his TV show Chuck 2008 With similarly



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