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Struggling with growing pains

This article – Struggling with growing pains – is not note worthy for what it says (we’ve been saying/hearing similar things in edublogs for over 5 years), but rather for the mainstream appeal of the article. We’re seeing conflicting messages, which are signs of a system in transition: messages range from “it’s all been done before, we’ve seen this with video in classrooms” to “this is completely new and will revolutionize education”.
From the article: “Some professors and schools are redesigning their courses to take advantage of the Web’s interactive and visual possibilities, adopting some bleeding-edge technologies such as gamelike simulations and digital avatars to make online courses more exciting and more effective than traditional classrooms.”

2 Comments

  1. Karen B wrote:

    I am at a place that is just stepping into online learning in a serious way. This plain-spoken article should help me argue for taking something other than a baby step (putting text online). Thanks for the link.

    Karen B

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
  2. Kristen Long wrote:

    This article sent my blood pressure through the roof. Did you happen know there are new interactive tools out there like blogs and wikis? And that good teachers use them and you’ll find them in today’s courses? Imagine that! Or how about avatars? They’re the latest and newest thing (not). Forget about the usual prerequisite abilities to teach and to have mastered what’s being taught. Avatars, blogs, and wikis – oh my!

    Bring on the web articles that are academically grounded and not geared towards the mainstream. I get and support the need to refer folks to qualified services to help them with decision-making. But this article? This article takes the cake! Where? I’m not sure.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm | Permalink