Are classrooms a thing of the past? This article gave voice to something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. As technology merges the online and offline learning experiences into some new blended reality, we’re going to be pushed to rethink the traditional chair, desk and blackboard setup of a physical classroom.
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A year ago, the ideas that are at the foundation of Einztein’s approach to “disrupting” the ed space were laid out in a Mashable article about “Why Online Education Needs to get Social.” Below, you’ll find an excerpt. For the full article, go to: http://mashable.com/2010/08/06/online-education-social/
“What’s required are innovative approaches to course design that set aside old models of instruction where theory often trumps actuality. Online course providers must embrace the web’s potential to match students with the kinds of timely knowledge and skills that address current issues head-on, and enable them to thrive in the global marketplace.
It’s not enough for a course to be accessible online, it must also be designed in a way that keys into the digital pulse of current events, trending topics and insider knowledge endemic to the web. The three-quarters of 18 to 29 year-olds who have profiles on social networks are likely wondering why online course offerings aren’t nearly as enticing as the content that they find on their favorite social websites.
To attract and retain the typical college-age demographic, as well as the larger population of adult learners in search of relevant and engaging educational content, the next generation of online education must be characterized by courses that build in the social, real-time information capturing components that have made the web such a dynamic medium for sharing information and knowledge.”