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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    For some majors maybe it could, but a lot of majors require classes that involved hands-on work. Anything to do with physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, etc. where there is lab work involved won't be replaced by online courses.
    So instead of colleges we have proctors.

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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Besides, it's much easier to blow off logging into a PC than it is when you know you have to go somewhere and actually do something. At least that's my take on it.
    I think most people are probably the opposite though. The easier it is for them to do something, the less likely they are not to do it. Logging on to your computer in your pajamas is easier than getting out of bed early, dressing and showering, and walking to a building on the other side of campus.
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    I got a nook for Christmas last year. I did not want to like it. I tried to convience myself I hated it and was going to have to stick with hardbacks. Then I read a book on it. Damn, I love it. I have read dozens of books on it, and some are even free.
    My Dad and brother have one, but so far i've resisted. I love noseying around in book stores, i just lose track of all time and can spend hours there. I also love the smell of a new book

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    Re: Technology and education

    I know exactly how you feel. But my wife bought it for Christmas so I tried it. I read Bram Stoker's Dracula for free because I had never read it. Besides being a great book, I was hooked on the ereader. And I can order a new book pretty much anywhere.
    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    My Dad and brother have one, but so far i've resisted. I love noseying around in book stores, i just lose track of all time and can spend hours there. I also love the smell of a new book
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I think most people are probably the opposite though. The easier it is for them to do something, the less likely they are not to do it. Logging on to your computer in your pajamas is easier than getting out of bed early, dressing and showering, and walking to a building on the other side of campus.
    When I'm at home, it would be much easier for me to find something else to do. I can find a million excuses not to log onto the PC. Now, if I know that I have to get up, get dressed, and go to a building, I'm much more likely to work it into my schedule for the day as a regular thing like the gym so it just becomes part of the routine. Then again I'm the guy who went to a college that had an attendance policy for all of its classes....

    Most classes met 2-4 times a week for 11 weeks. Lets call that 33 sessions (on average). You got three absences per class. So you needed to be there basically 90% of the time, or you didn't get credit for the class. Kind of like work/life.

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    Re: Technology and education

    Traditional colleges will never go away for a few reasons. A) There is way too much money invested in them already for them to go away. I do believe some smaller colleges will go away. However, the larger state and private colleges are "too big to fail". States have put far too much tax payer money into the schools. Boosters have donated far too much money to the schools. Neither will allow their investment to fade away. B) Do we really see teacher unions letting this happen? C) Never underestimate the power of college sports, especially football. If college sports go away, so would baseball, basketball, every Olympic sport, etc, etc. This will NEVER happen. Football alone is a multi-million if not billion dollar enterprise. D) Some degrees, especially in the medical field and engineering, need hands on work to be done. They need equipment that simply cannot be provided to each student individually. This all leads to a traditional college set up being necessary.
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    You can have almost unlimited class size on the internet. No heat bill, no parking etc. I dont know, but I think education will continue to change drastically to the computer for many years to come.
    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Traditional colleges will never go away for a few reasons. A) There is way too much money invested in them already for them to go away. I do believe some smaller colleges will go away. However, the larger state and private colleges are "too big to fail". States have put far too much tax payer money into the schools. Boosters have donated far too much money to the schools. Neither will allow their investment to fade away. B) Do we really see teacher unions letting this happen? C) Never underestimate the power of college sports, especially football. If college sports go away, so would baseball, basketball, every Olympic sport, etc, etc. This will NEVER happen. Football alone is a multi-million if not billion dollar enterprise. D) Some degrees, especially in the medical field and engineering, need hands on work to be done. They need equipment that simply cannot be provided to each student individually. This all leads to a traditional college set up being necessary.
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    I know exactly how you feel. But my wife bought it for Christmas so I tried it. I read Bram Stoker's Dracula for free because I had never read it. Besides being a great book, I was hooked on the ereader. And I can order a new book pretty much anywhere.
    Yeah, we have a Kindle Fire. I was the same way about books until I realized that I can get books for free or even have them loaned to me with the Amazon Prime program. Now, I rarely go to a book store at all. If there were a local book store that was locally owned, I'd probably support that. However, the only thing in my area is either Barnes and Noble or McCay's. They can do without one more person.
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    You can have almost unlimited class size on the internet. No heat bill, no parking etc. I dont know, but I think education will continue to change drastically to the computer for many years to come.
    Oh, I'm not disagreeing that it would be much more cost effective. However, as I said in my post, there are far too many people with far too much money invested in universities to allow that to happen. Unions alone would make this close to impossible IMO.
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Simple Answer: Yes. Everything we can do in a traditional classroom we are increasingly able to do online.
    Checking the notes of the guy next to you for the bit you didn't hear? Flirting with the girl at the end of the row? Going for a drink with your friends to talk about the weird way the lecturer talks and how pointless the course is?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for making best use of modern technology to support education but I don't think it can ever or should be attempted to completely replace real world, face-to-face human interaction.

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