By Gene I. Maeroff
This is Gene Maeroff's "report from front" at the brief background and standing of on-line studying within the usa and around the globe. Maeroff is a reporter who takes you to the colleges from Penn State's international Campus to the Florida digital college to the newly rising on-line studying tasks in Afghanistan. His trip finally offers a photo of how within which expertise is altering the minds of individuals with reference to the character of upper schooling. He appears to be like on the approach to digital supply, the standard of the knowledge being introduced and caliber of interplay it engenders. He seems on the approach newcomers are adapting to this new know-how and what sort of accountability is wear the student's shoulders. eventually, and perhaps tellingly, he appears on the enterprise of on-line learning.
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When the Internet came,” said Gerald A. ” REALITIES OF THE TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM Presumably, education in a regular classroom enhances learning beyond what one can accomplish on one’s own—with, say, a book or an online course. The give and take of a well run classroom does, in fact, heighten learning. Students learn from each other as questions and dialogue punctuate the air. These exchanges provide answers when you cannot find them yourself. Classmates challenge your conclusions. They add insights during discussions.
The design of the course to make it accessible from a distance is perhaps the most distinctive aspect of online learning. The role of the instructor can vary greatly from online course to online course. Some courses may have no instructor per se and others may have instructors who are as much of a presence as classroom teachers, except that students cannot see them. Electronic interaction crucially enhances an online course. In good online education, it is not merely a way to keep in touch but a prime component of the learning.
Defenders of the practice of separating design from instruction argue that assembling a course for the web has little direct relation to content, that the process involves only technological and aesthetic concerns. Others contend, however, that design affects content by emphasizing some aspects of the content over other parts. There are parallels here to discussions about the power of the first draft, namely whether the author of the initial version of a paper frames the discussion, constraining those who later join the editing process.
A Classroom of One: How Online Learning is Changing our Schools and Colleges by Gene I. Maeroff