The Art of Knowledge
ESL and e-Learning
I really think there is a great market to test out most ideas and trends revolving around LMS's and e-learning on ESL and TEFOL students. Learning language is about as basic as you can get. The blocks (verbs, nouns) that are being gathered to build on later are easily accountable. The test subjects are usually children that can be more inclined to adapt to new technologies. The founding idea is that learning is fundamental. The technologies people are trying to build to improve human capital is based on much more advanced principles. I think if the LMS systems were used in a more rudimentary mentality(learning a language) with a simpler and more adaptive test case (children) then we wouldn't be blinded by the more less important problems. (I.E. What technology to use? How to scale the technology throughout the entire architecture?)
Here is a decent little article on some of the building blocks of teaching foreign languages. It also brings up some decent language about deficiencies and how to assess what is meaningful to change (teach) and what isn't meaningful.
Link posted by JVMM : 4:28 PM