What we do at CC in this digital age
Distance education has been around for quite a while (remember hearing about correspondence courses? one started in 1728), then radio and television-based education entered the scene and now we have online education, with MOOCs, Khan Academy and the rest. I think online education as we now know it is still in its infancy and I’m very interested to see where it goes. The Chronicle of Higher Education has a blog post by Joseph Harris about how what we do is different and why that’s a good thing. Here’s an excerpt:
Certainly some things can be learned independently or through a course with little personal contact from a mentor or professor, but some things require a more personalized approach. I wonder which is more efficient: a small class where the teacher can coach the students and give them what they need when they need it or a massive online course where the students need to struggle for themselves and some students, who might succeed in traditional classrooms, end up failing. These are exciting times when so many educational possibilities exist.
- 27th March 2013 -
- Posted by wtaylor in News