Online Learning Update

December 29, 2011

Online learning revisited: death knell for the lecture

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

by Katharine Beals, Out in Left Field

Perhaps the best reason for claiming that the lectures are dead, or inappropriate for 21st century classrooms, is that online learning modes offer better alternatives. This is the case made by Daphne Koller, a professor in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory who teaches one of Stanford’s three online computer science classes, and who is also the author of a recent Science Times article entitled Death Knell for the Lecture: Technology as a Passport to Personalized Education. Presenting content in short, bite-size chunks, rather than monolithic hourlong lectures, is better suited to students’ attention spans, and provides the flexibility to tailor instruction to individual students. Those with less preparation can dwell longer on background material without feeling uncomfortable about how they might be perceived by classmates or the instructor.

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