Advantages of Online Learning

1634 WordsAug 20, 20057 Pages
The online era is beginning to change the way we deliver the message to the students. As brokers of information, we have to seek new mediums to reach our students or consumers. Online learning is becoming more popular to reach students to help increase their reading and comprehension of what they read. As a history teacher, it becomes frustrating to assign homework that the students do not do, because they can't. The use of technology has the ability to allow teachers to teach the student, instead of teaching the grade level. Jon Bower, CEO of Lexia Learning Systems, points this fact out when he states, "Technology has a crucial role to play in our schools. Unfortunately, it has little to do with the integrated learning systems,…show more content…
Tom March illustrates the simple point of not having to redesign the wheel by examining the vast amount of information that is available on the internet for our students to use. March posits that there are three tools that teachers need to equip themselves with to be successful teachers . They are A) Creation of a learning environment Students need to have a space that they can call their own. The "virtual" classroom should be a place where the students can recognize that education is based on sound pedagogy. This requires trust of the instructor having the best view as "the guide" of the educational experience. Another key to successful on line education is that there has to be an easy was to create web based assignments for the students to turn in. Some students might have some phobias built up over technology, creating a roadblock in the informational highway. Finally, any fears of technology must be dealt with, to insure that the message is getting delivered in a timely manner. B) Shaping Web-based activities Tools like Blackboard, or WebCT can help facilitate both assessment and support inquiries on the subject matter. Having objective criteria will help evaluate students and give the student a guideline for what is expected in the class. Students gain increased flexibility in taking tests or turning assignments in. Gone are the days of slipping the assignment under the professor's door or trusting the department

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