Online Learning Update

July 25, 2011

Colleges Explore the Role of Emerging Online Learning Media in Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

As technology continues to change rapidly, colleges and universities are trying to figure out what these changes mean for education. “People need a way to be able to think about and participate in this enormously complex and rapidly changing computing environment, a way that’s going to be productive, a way that’s going to be satisfying, a way that’s going to be inspiring,” said Gardner Campbell, director of professional development and innovative initiatives at Virginia Tech. Students increasingly expect to use mobile devices, social networking sites and other tools to find information in class. And faculty have to look for different ways to incorporate these powerful computing tools into educational discussions. “If we insist on using old techniques to teach them, we’ll lose them,” said Doug Rowlett, instructional design coordinator at Houston Community College Southwest.

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