Improving Education Essay

430 WordsApr 30, 20132 Pages
A follow up to the seven principles article by Chickering and Erhmann titled “Implementing the Seven principles: Technology as Lever” was published in 1996 outlining how technology could accomplish the seven principles. According to Chickering and Erhmann “If the power of the new technologies is to be fully realized, they should be employed in ways consistent with the Seven Principles. Any given instructional strategy can be supported by a number of contrasting technologies (old and new), just as any given technology might support different instructional strategies. But for any given instructional strategy, some technologies are better than others: Better to turn a screw with a screwdriver than a hammer — a dime may also do the trick, but a screwdriver is usually better.” Has effective online education been achieved on a large scale? That is a question up for debate. Successful online education is occurring and often on a very large scale. A series of TED Talks documents the potential for online education to be not only effective but to improve education overall. During a TED Talk, Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, Inc. and co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students said regarding his Stanford Artificial Intelligence class “It occurred to me that while the subject matter of the class is advanced and modern, the teaching technology isn’t”. The Khan Academy has used online videos to flip the educational experience. Students are introduced to content outside of class, but what was homework is now completed in class where the students can ask questions and be helped by their peers and teachers. Salman Khan, said at a TED Talk that his cousins told him “…that they preferred me on YouTube, than in person. They preferred the automated version of their cousin to their cousin.” Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) also have

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