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Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students
News from The New Indian Express:
CHENNAI: Fantasy and science fiction, forensic accounting and jazz improvisation — the variety in online education is mind-boggling and, more importantly, gives Indians a chance from their middle class apartments in Chennai, with a good Internet connection, to be exposed to western methods of learning liberal arts, culture and music, as well as engineering, science and management.
The reversal of the concept of ‘school’, with the ‘class’ coming home, is still to pick up in India, but there is an audience that is fast reaping the benefits of online education. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is a fast spreading buzzword and ‘Coursera’, the popular online education platform began only in 2012, but it already has over nine million users and over 800 courses in association with 114 universities.
“Coursera appealed to me because the lectures by experts were free and accessible. I could do out-of-the-box courses like ‘How to Change the World’ and ‘Introduction to Banking and Finance’,” said Anirudh Kumar, an engineering student. “And the best part was that the lectures could be saved, so I could go back to them any time.”
While some students follow an interest, for instance, learning a subject like Greek Mythology that is rare to find in India, there are also many who do certified courses to help them in their career. Sheela Sharma who has a re…………… continues on The New Indian Express
Dissing Online Education
News from Oregon Catalyst:
by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 20. 2014
By Steve Buckstein
One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.
Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution.
A Portland State University professor of educational leadership recently authored an op-ed making the case that “effective teaching practices such as class discussion, relational learning and other activities of the traditional classroom are hard to offer on a computer screen.” That might be true; face-to-face educational interactions may never go away, but soon they could be greatly supplemented or even overshadowed by…………… continues on Oregon Catalyst