The three areas that I amin studying
- Understanding the effectiveness of online/distance in the higher education environment with a particular focus on and technology
- Understanding how administrative decisions (or lack of) are guiding
- Understanding how instructor training of online education and instructor identification of his/her personal influences satisfaction and learning
are varied, which leads me to believe that I will need to distill and define what I ultimately want to research for my EPP. With that said, I will discuss why I have a keen interest in cognition and technology, online administrative decision-making, and instructor training. Before I begin, however, I must first state that although my focus is about the onlineenvironment, I have found that criticisms and claims can be supported for both online and face-to-face teaching methods. For instance, I typically hear people criticize and compare the worst concepts of online courses to the very best of the face-to-face courses. Rarely, do people openly discuss the failings of the face-to-face methods when bashing the online teaching environment. We tend to create distinct separate silos for online and face-to-face, which I believe is an error in the overall goal to promote innovative education opportunities.
Cognition and technology in education needs to be desperately studied and I am very interested in knowing what works and what does not. When theis presented with several levels of sensory input, what does it select to use and retain and why? When we know that there are limits to the brain’s , how can we create environments that support this limitation? How can the of this information help
educators make wise decisions when creating online courses, or selecting software tools to license. We cannot fully trust the marketers of these products to rea
lly know what the student needs. We must have a basic understanding of how our brains function for optimum learning in order to make informed decisions for our students.
Yes….there is a part 3 coming…