Students Not Going to Class . . . Is Technology to Blame?

March 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Students Not Going to Class . . . Is Technology to Blame?

No . . . but advances in learning technology, in combination with some other factors, seems to have an impact, even if indirect, on student choices/behavior.

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Actually Going to Class for a Specific Course?  How 20th Century,”  focuses on how technology-based resources that provide access to course content are being used by students to avoid going to class.

Instructors who share resources like recorded lectures and PowerPoint slides are offering some great study tools for some, but other students are using these materials in lieu of attending class.   While a lot of valuable learning experiences take place outside the classroom, educators, especially those using similar tools, might start asking themselves how they can make students more accountable for coming to class, and in some cases, how they might make the time spent in class more worthwhile for students.

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