Presentation on theme: "Attributes of Online Education Thomas J. Descoteaux & Jared Reigstad Norwich University."— Presentation transcript:
Attributes of Online Education Thomas J. Descoteaux & Jared Reigstad Norwich University
Attributes of Online Education Disadvantages Better suited to adult learners: The independence of online education requires a discipline that many of todays 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.
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.
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. Everyones in the front row.
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 dont waste time in class listening to instructor repeat topic for weaker students. Students write a lot more.
Attributes of Online Education Advantages Energy level – students choose when to learn (i.e., time of day), when theyre at their peak. Seamless interjection of multi-media. Troubleshooting done in advance by IT staff.