Moving Ahead to the Future By Going Back to the Past: Mathematics Education Online
Julie Peschke, Athabasca University, Canada
JCMST Volume 28, Number 2, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
"People live on the internet because it's like heaven; you can do whatever you want."
-Kessler Douglas, age 9
The culture of the young may, in fact, be a harbinger enticing us to follow a pathway from which will emerge the re-conceptualized educational practices of this new century. The culture of those older will, no doubt, strive to maintain the more golden aspects of their now historical learning experiences. One of the tasks of all educators, but certainly distance educators, is to negotiate the bridge between, so as to meld the best of the collective past, however one defines it, within the pedagogical framework of the future. Athabasca University has undertaken a remedial mathematics project which attempts to do just that. This is an online learning environment which is moving from inter-active to inter-personal, from digital text to digital dialogue, and which is morphing the traditional ‘student role’ into a more engaging ‘self-instructor’ role - all within an ‘e-classroom’ setting founded upon traditional principles, but laid out using modern technologies.
Peschke, J. (2009). Moving Ahead to the Future By Going Back to the Past: Mathematics Education Online. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 28(2), 123-133. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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