Online Learning has been around for more than twenty years, yet to many, it’s still uncharted terrain that merits a certain skepticism. In this podcast, TechTalk co-hosts Ben Kahn and Maria Erb take a look at some of the most common objections and hurdles. To be sure, when online learning first came out, many top notch universities rushed in, hoping to ride a lucrative wave to the top of a trend but news headlines more often chronicled the demise rather than the success of those ventures. That story is still in the ethos. But Back then, no one had a smartphone, Facebook didn’t exist, and most people accessed the internet through a slow and painful dial up connection. What a vastly different landscape we have today.
In this episode:
- the latest on robot tutors
- some common concerns and barriers
- support, resources, and other aids
Our App picks of the week: Maria likes Yelp for rescuing her from unduly long wait times at Tasty’n Sons. Ben likes Wunderlist to channel his list making compulsion.
The report we refer to in the podcast Technology Enhanced Education and Public Flagship Universities focuses on large research universities but many of the points raised by faculty about online learning are familiar to all sizes and types of colleges and universities.