Online Learning Update

August 30, 2011

Universities spread the net far and wide using online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:25 am

by Andrew Stevenson and Jen Rosenberg, Sydney (AU) Morning Herald

“The change is on in higher education: online course offerings are growing rapidly and there is an irreversible change that is happening in Australia,” Larry Kamener, a senior partner of the group in Australia, says. The Boston study, Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education, argues that the actual impact of technology in the sector has been disappointing and has failed to lift student outcomes. Teachers are still trapped by textbooks. University lecturers who continue to deliver uninspired performances should watch out, Kamener warns. ”The average lecturer I think will struggle. Why would you bother turning up to hear someone when there is much better content available digitally,” he says. The vice-chancellor of the University of New England, Jim Barber, goes further, suggesting it is time to kill off the term lecturer, with high-speed broadband set to make education more interactive and students needing to be taught how to find, appraise and apply information.

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