Code Red – Return of the Talking Heads!
Craig Scanlan, UMDNJ, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Technological constraints forced early designers of asynchronous online courses into developing innovative strategies to provide content and keep their students engaged. The fortuitous result was a student-centered focus, with an emphasis on regular interaction with the content via frequent reading and writing activities. Technological advancements now make possible easy packaging of traditional lectures for streaming delivery over the Internet. Indeed, such tools are being promoted to hesitant faculty as an effortless way to get their courses 'up' on the Web. In a peculiar way, these new capabilities may be encouraging a return to the much maligned teacher-centered methods that characterized higher education for most of the 20th century. Before jumping on the bandwagon, faculty considering greater involvement in online learning need to carefully reflect on how best to use the evolving technologies to promote and maintain student-centered, active learning.
Scanlan, C. (2009). Code Red – Return of the Talking Heads!. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1927-1932). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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