Rediscovering the Value of Online Learning

Online learning doesn’t have the cache it once had with edtech trend articles focusing on adaptive learning in the classroom, wearable technology, and the merits of big data. Writing for the HuffPost, Ellen Murphy, Assistant Dean of Instructional Technologies & Design and Director of the Master of Studies in Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, explains why she thinks online learning has gotten an overall bad rap and tries to dispel common myths.

  • Myth 1: Online learning denotes a single model – Actually, there are many definitions of online learning. When discussing online learning, you need to be specific.
     
  • Myth 2: It is impossible to connect in an online classroom – Students and professors may be more connected in a virtual course, and students say it is an even more intimate learning experience than the physical classroom.
     
  • Myth 3: Online courses are commoditized and lack rigor – This may depend more upon the teacher, but online learning can allow for more customization and personalization and requires more active learning from the student.
     
  • Myth 4: Online learning is all about the technology, not the learning – If designed well, learning and not the technology will be the driver of the course.

Read “Dispelling Myths About Online Learning,” by Ellen Murphy, HuffPost (March 30, 2016)

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