Online Learning Update

January 5, 2013

University of Colorado Judicious About Online Learning Classes

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

 Editorial by Anne Heinz, dean of Continuing Education, and Steven Leigh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Not long ago, a female undergraduate engineering student at the University of Colorado Boulder remarked that she enjoyed her online Shakespeare course because she had the time to thoughtfully compose an answer to a professor’s question before posting her response. We can understand what she meant. Many of us have been in a classroom where fellow students eagerly vie for the teacher’s attention in order to answer a question. But we sit silently as the moment passes. Today’s online courses provide opportunities and challenges to university students and faculty. The opportunity lies in the advances in technology that can be used to enhance teaching and learning. But, as one CU-Boulder faculty member noted in an evaluation of our summer online courses, “Technology is no panacea for hard work, either on the part of the students or the instructors. Good teaching, like successful learning, takes practice and effort.”

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