Presentation on theme: "Attributes of Online Education"— Presentation transcript:
1 Attributes of Online Education Thomas J. Descoteaux & Jared ReigstadNorwich University
2 Attributes of Online Education Disadvantages Better suited to adult learners:The independence of online education requires a discipline that many of today’s “traditional age” college students lack.Synergy of F2F conversations more difficult to achieve:Lacks benefit of facial expression, body language, voice inflection, etc.Instructor/student before and after class moments missing.Student/student “snack bar chat” missing.Lack of in-class “storytelling” or experience sharing time. Can be done online but more difficult.
3 Attributes of Online Education Advantages Location independent – students can engage from anywhere they have Internet access. No need to pull up roots and relocate.Computer provides capabilities that traditional delivery cannot:For decades traditional chalk-on-board instruction has attempted to model dynamic, three-dimensional systems on a static, two-dimensional surface (i.e., the blackboard). The computer solves this problem.Allows smaller schools to provide access to a more diverse, eclectic group of faculty through use of adjuncts.
4 Attributes of Online Education Advantages Quality control of course content:No more throwing lectures together the night before. Pre-development of content improves quality.Predevelopment allows instructor to focus on improving instruction/delivery techniques.Consistent content across sections.Difficult for introverted students to “hide in the back of the room.” Everyone’s in the front row.
5 Attributes of Online Education Advantages Allows students more thought time before contributing to group interactions (i.e., “posting”).Time efficient:No lost commuting time.Pace of learning can be accelerated. Strong students don’t waste time in class listening to instructor repeat topic for weaker students.Students write a lot more.
6 Attributes of Online Education Advantages Energy level – students choose when to learn (i.e., time of day), when they’re at their peak.Seamless interjection of multi-media. Troubleshooting done in advance by IT staff.