Educational Technology

October 12, 2012

“As Good as” Is Not Good Enough

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Therese Mageau, Campus Technology

Online learning can–and should–elevate the state of teaching in higher education. In July, the nonprofit research group Ithaka came out with perhaps the first really solid study on student outcomes associated with online learning, concluding that students can learn just as well in hybrid learning environments as in traditional classrooms. It’s certainly good news that colleges don’t have to sacrifice learning outcomes if they move toward a blended model of instructional delivery, but I’d like to suggest that online education set a higher bar for itself than reproducing the achievements of traditional college instruction. I don’t think I’m speaking out of school when I say that college teaching can be notoriously bad–droning lecturers, mind-numbing PowerPoints, teaching assistants who can’t speak English, researchers who resent having to teach.

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