When it comes to Education and Technology, “Efficiency” is not the point

Steve Krause, stevendkrause.com, Jan 02, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

From The Hechinger Report, which Steve Krause states"'is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at Teachers College, Columbia University' that apparently generates a lot of articles about education that get poured right into a lot of mainstream publications," we read that "the assumed purpose of technology (e.g., computer stuff, basically) in this article is efficiency, and some version of that word/theme appears at least a dozen times in this 1,000 or word so piece." This, he writes, misrepresents the purpose of technology in education. "Modern computer technologies allow teachers and students to do things differently now than they did." The course was inefficient, and so is the online course, but what tech allows us to do is to get away from the course entirely.

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