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    Technology and education

    Simple question: Will the Internet render classrooms obsolete, at the college level?

    Robots replace factory workers, mp3 files replaced cassette tapes, and soon traditional classroom-style learning will go the way of the dodo bird, according to me. I arrive at this conclusion from my perspective as a businessman.

    Traditional classrooms will continue to exist for students of high school age or younger, I believe, because part of the role of public education is to babysit.

    However, for adult students, the benefits of the Internet are numerous and growing. First, consider cost. As the Internet advances and more people gain access, the prospect of college-educating every willing adult becomes increasingly practical and therefore likely. Second, the Internet offers an unprecedented access to informational variety, meaning each person's education can be tailored to their individual interests and requirements.

    Finally, it has been my perception that our best and brightest spend entirely too many of their useful hours in school, and not enough time in the real world applying what they have learned. As education evolves to rely more on technology, students can spend more time actually working, either internships or full time positions, and can participate in their studies during non-business hours.


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    Re: Technology and education

    The internet is going to take a bigger and bigger role in education, that is a certainty. However, I don't think it will get rid of traditional classrooms altogether. Students need to have interaction with real people. The internet and computers can't answer complex questions that the students have, and it can not replace social interaction and collaborative work, both of which are extremely important in just about every career field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    The internet is going to take a bigger and bigger role in education, that is a certainty. However, I don't think it will get rid of traditional classrooms altogether. Students need to have interaction with real people. The internet and computers can't answer complex questions that the students have, and it can not replace social interaction and collaborative work, both of which are extremely important in just about every career field.
    The technology isn't quite there yet, but my question is regarding the future. The Internet gets more interactive every day. Besides, students would ideally be interacting with coworkers, all while gaining real wold experience in their chosen field.

    Who knows, maybe more than a few could graduate debt free, paying for their own education in the process of bing educated.

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    You can have a class in real time on the computer now, with students 1000's of miles apart. I think the classroom will become less and less a part of college education until bricks and motar fades away. I suppose some labs will be necessary, but the lecture hall is a dinosaur now.
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    I don't know. Obviously there are significant advantages to online-only classes. The ability to bring people from far-flung locations together, the ability to play and re-play lessons and lectures on demand, the ability to ensure commonality of information across multiple sessions of the same class, etc.... I'm just not quite ready to give up on the idea that there is a value to the ability to interact with a live human being in the same room; to gauge the reactions of your fellow students immediately in your own view; and to be involved in a personal discourse with someone you can see rather than someone on the other side of the world.

    Of course, I'm the guy who has a personal library of over 700 titles and still does not own an e-reader.

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    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.
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    I don't know. Obviously there are significant advantages to online-only classes. The ability to bring people from far-flung locations together, the ability to play and re-play lessons and lectures on demand, the ability to ensure commonality of information across multiple sessions of the same class, etc.... I'm just not quite ready to give up on the idea that there is a value to the ability to interact with a live human being in the same room; to gauge the reactions of your fellow students immediately in your own view; and to be involved in a personal discourse with someone you can see rather than someone on the other side of the world.

    Of course, I'm the guy who has a personal library of over 700 titles and still does not own an e-reader.
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Simple question: Will the Internet render classrooms obsolete, at the college level?
    Simple Answer: Yes. Everything we can do in a traditional classroom we are increasingly able to do online.

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    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.
    Call me when I can buy the hardcopy book (for a couple dollars more) and get the digital copy as well; like you do with many DVD/Blu-Ray purchases these days. My girlfriend has an e-reader now and while I can see the usefulness for someone who travels a lot or who is constantly on the go, that's not me. I could see myself possibly getting one of the e-reader only ones, but definitely not one with all sorts of other bells and whistles (email, web, etc....) since I already have an iPhone for that stuff.

    Yes, I'm olde fashioned. That's also why I'm not sure that I could ever take a college level course via the internet. I just don't think it would have the same feel and exerience that walking into a building has. 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.

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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Simple question: Will the Internet render classrooms obsolete, at the college level?

    Robots replace factory workers, mp3 files replaced cassette tapes, and soon traditional classroom-style learning will go the way of the dodo bird, according to me. I arrive at this conclusion from my perspective as a businessman.

    Traditional classrooms will continue to exist for students of high school age or younger, I believe, because part of the role of public education is to babysit.

    However, for adult students, the benefits of the Internet are numerous and growing. First, consider cost. As the Internet advances and more people gain access, the prospect of college-educating every willing adult becomes increasingly practical and therefore likely. Second, the Internet offers an unprecedented access to informational variety, meaning each person's education can be tailored to their individual interests and requirements.

    Finally, it has been my perception that our best and brightest spend entirely too many of their useful hours in school, and not enough time in the real world applying what they have learned. As education evolves to rely more on technology, students can spend more time actually working, either internships or full time positions, and can participate in their studies during non-business hours.


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    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.
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    Re: Technology and education

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    The technology isn't quite there yet, but my question is regarding the future. The Internet gets more interactive every day. Besides, students would ideally be interacting with coworkers, all while gaining real wold experience in their chosen field.

    Who knows, maybe more than a few could graduate debt free, paying for their own education in the process of bing educated.
    That's how I'm doing it.

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