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Fighting the Trend November 5, 2007

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.

nacol   My friend from University of Illinois at Edwardsville is frustrated that so many of her students are vehemently anti-technology. They are in training to be teachers and such a reaction shocks me. One student, she quotes, said, “Why should we do our write ups in a blog? I didn’t sign up for a technology class.”

I am sputtering and speechless. Almost speechless. Here is something to consider. 
According to NACOL, the North American Council for Online Learning, tweens are the group most interested in taking online courses. What are you future teachers going to do, beat that enthusiasm for online courses out of them somehow?

Michigan, by the way, has a 20 hour requirement that students take an online experience before they gratuate from high school.

Then there is this article from the New York Times, relating the fact that many instructors today are teaching in online environments. One out of five college students have taken an online class. And that number is growing.

Why do they fight it so?



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