January 4, 2011
The Case for the Virtual Classroom
Information technology is radically changing our students’ learning styles, the ability to deliver education differently and opportunity to reduce costs for providing educational programming. In fact, one of the five action plan categories in our new HigherEdUtah 2020 plan contains priority recommendations for the next year in which technology can be utilized. Technology does not replace the “soft skills” that business is looking for in their future employees, however using technology along with classroom learning is a way in which we can achieve 66% of Utah’s workforce with post-secondary degrees and/or training by 2020.
A recent article from mashable.com, top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture, delves deeper into how the use of online learning is beneficial for the future of education. This article states, “Nobody suggests that online learning will ever completely replace traditional classroom learning, especially for K-12 students. But research suggests that online learning can make classroom time more effective.” It also suggests that this usage of technology will allow online education to extend the reach, affordability and even quality of education.
To read this article in its entirety from mashable.com, click here.Posted by: psilberman