Friday, September 17, 2010

What technology can't do

Higher education’s embrace of online courses could hurt the performance of some groups of students, according to a study that contradicts the findings of a 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) showing that online students perform as well, or better, than their peers in face-to-face settings on average. (Dennis Carter at ESchool News)

Much has been written here about technology, in particular Web 2.0 tools. But it seems that technology is not always the way to go in education. Perhaps discussions about technology and education should focus more on this: when is technology appropriate in education and when is it not?

(Information about this report comes from Andres Henriquez, program officer for the Carnegie Foundation of New York)