Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chronicle article on Teaching v Technology

Very interesting discussion of the Chronicle of Higher Ed article.  Here are some of my comments:
  • most people vastly overrate the effectiveness of face-to-face teaching (obviously most have never sat in to watch other classes)
  • to do excellent online classes requires a considerable investment (sum of money); most online education is done on the cheap.  That's why there is that widely held notion that online education can be a cash cow for a school
  • both online ed and FtF require a commitment on the part of the students themselves.  If that is lacking, it is not going to work.
  • technology is important, and we have got to implement it in both online and FtF classes so that students are trained to succeed in the business environment of the 21st century