Educational Technology

April 13, 2013

Opinion: We have much to learn about educational technology

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

By Ollivier Dyens, Montreal Gazette

Educational technology encompasses a whole range of possibilities, everything from PowerPoint to immersive virtual reality. Is online instruction any good? An analysis of 50 studies performed in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education found that university students and adult learners taking online courses “performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction.” Do online courses foster isolation? Apparently not. The most common complaint from our professors involved in online education is the amount of work involved in answering and managing the endless stream of emails, comments, debates and questions from and among students.

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