Archive for e-learning

… or is the solution to go entirely online?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“As higher education budgets are hit more and more seriously, one US state (Washington) is considering a partnership with the entirely online university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzysnki, University Blog, 21 March]

Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“… The importance of face-to-face lectures for students’ academic achievement has been demonstrated in previous economics studies  … Therefore, it should be an immediate priority to establish how online lectures compare …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 14 March]

Is lecture capture the worst educational technology?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“Many institutions seem to be completely obsessed with lecture capture technology as a method of generating flexibly accessible learning content. For me though the large scale implementation of lecture capture is probably one of the costliest and strategically misguided educational technologies that an institution can adopt …” (more)

[Mark Smithers, 11 March]

iPads Could Hinder Teaching, Professors Say

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 March 2011 by Steve

“Rival tablet PC’s foster more interactivity, studies suggest. But students’ craving for the Apple devices could matter more …” (more)

[Ben Wieder, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 March]

Actually Going to Class, for a Specific Course? How 20th-Century

Posted in teaching with tags on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“The first question many undergraduates ask professors on the first day of class is whether they really have to show up. The way they phrase it is a bit more subtle …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

eLearning at Universities: A Quality Assurance Free Zone?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 February 2011 by Steve

“Over the last couple of months I have been asked to help a university (that will remain nameless) in its transition to a newer version of its Learning Management System (LMS). As part of this I have had to access many LMS course spaces to check that content has migrated successfully and that things are working as they should. It has been a profoundly depressing experience …” (more)

[Mark Smithers, 19 February]

Time for show and tell as teachers embrace classroom technology

Posted in teaching with tags on 11 February 2011 by Steve

“The technology world has been a whirlwind of change over the past few years, with cloud computing becoming standard, smartphones dominating and tablet devices coming into their own …” (more)

[Marie Boran, Irish Times, 11 February]