Online Learning Update

October 27, 2012

Online Learning: videos replace live lectures … and students thrive

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Todd Finkelmeyer, Cap Times

Online learning still tends to get a bad rap in some circles — especially among those of us who grew up listening to professors talk at the front of a lecture hall. But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that a good mix of online and face-to-face teaching and learning can trump the more traditional (old-fashioned?) ways. The latest tidbit suggesting as much comes from this Chronicle of Higher Education article, which reports that “in an effort to raise student performance in a difficult course, San Jose State University has turned to a ‘flipped classroom’ format, requiring students to watch lecture videos produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and using (on-campus) class time for discussion.” And according to the Chronicle piece, early results indicate that the new approach to teaching a challenging Engineering Electronics and Circuits course has led to better test scores.

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