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Re: [SACC-L] FW: Technology versus Tradition

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  • Andrew Petto
    It means a lot in big classes, too. I can tell the difference in the students who came for help and those who didn t --- or waited until too late. ... --
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      It means a lot in big classes, too. I can tell the difference in the
      students who came for help and those who didn't --- or waited until too
      late.

      On 2010-06-02 22:36, anthropmor@... wrote:
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      > Anj- let me expand here on your last thought - most of my classes are
      > fire marshall limited at 35. I have a lot of students who need
      > attention - whohave had all too much "distance" learning- with or
      > without the technology.
      > Actual contact really does mean a lot, especially in small classes.
      > Mike Pavlik
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Andrew Petto <ajpetto@... <mailto:ajpetto%40uwm.edu>>
      > To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Wed, Jun 2, 2010 11:33 am
      > Subject: Re: [SACC-L] FW: Technology versus Tradition
      >
      > Let me chime in here. If the technology either (a) helps students learn
      > better; of (b) helps us know better whether students are learning, then
      > it is good. If it does otherwise, it is not.
      >
      > So, do use an online chat in my class --- because the class is enormous
      > and there is no other way to handle questions during lecture; and
      > sometimes, it is way cool that students answer each others' questions
      > (and most often correctly).
      >
      > I also use an online dropbox to collect assignments. Then I can download
      > them and compare them (if necesary) to a bank of previous assignments.
      >
      > Some of this is a matter of economies of scale --- when universities
      > insist on stuffing hundreds of students into a single course, the
      > technology can actually increase the amount of time I get to spend on
      > real teaching, compared to course management and so on.
      >
      > When there are as few as 80-100 students, then a lot of the technology
      > loses its appeal.
      >
      > Anj
      >
      > On 2010-06-02 10:11, dianne.chidester@...
      > <mailto:dianne.chidester%40gvltec.edu> wrote:
      > >
      > > Some interesting ideas regarding technology in the classroom. - Dianne
      > >
      > > http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/02/nisod
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