ERIC Number: ED446041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Are We Ready To Abandon the Classroom? The Dark Side of Web Instruction.
Cohen, LeoNora M.
This paper discusses four assumptions and four concerns regarding instruction using the World Wide Web. The assumptions address: the novice status of the Web course developer; the developer's appreciation for various aspects of the Web; her high expectations for doing it right; and her commitment to not incurring more costs for distance learners. In discussing the first concern, issues of pedagogy, the paper examines dilemmas of Web course creation, concluding that the Web is a highly verbal medium that limits student responses and demands a pedagogy that is inconsistent with meeting individual needs. The second concern emphasizes skills students need to succeed on the Web. Students who are not visual learners or who have visual difficulties, and students who do not have access, are problematic. The third concern is student retention. Only 8 of the 28 students who originally signed up actually completed the course that term. Traditional classes typically have a much higher completion rate. Finally, personal costs of using a Web based course include: significant amounts of time involved; tremendous stress in trying to complete the course within unrealistic time limits; expenditure of personal funds; and serious health problems that arise from overuse of the computer. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).