ERIC Number: ED478776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Distance Learning: Educated Choices or Educational Technoism?
Davis, Beverly J.
Recently, the "Chronicle of Higher Education" shared the results of a survey on distance learning that showed that attitudes toward distance learning were more favorable among those faculty members who had taught distance learning courses. Among the 72% of faculty members who had tried distance classes there was a general apprehension about faculty time commitment and increased workloads encouraged by higher education institutions. In the educational world, "Technoism" is the word used to describe the condemnation, guilt, and shame one feels when questioning the educational benefits of technology and education. Whether faculty members will be able to make educated choices or whether the future of distance education will be guided by Technoism remains to be determined. This paper offers recommendations to college faculty for the effective and appropriate use of distance learning. These include: (1) do not sacrifice substance for style; (2) try to have face-to-face meetings at least once or allow for some type of video-conferencing or real-time communication between student and teacher; (3) do not sacrifice teaching philosophy because of Technoism; and (4) do not use technology for the sake of technology without evaluating its usefulness. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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