ERIC Number: EJ874003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 11
Freedom and Empowerment: An Essay on the Next Step for Education and Technology
Shimabukuro, James N.
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v1 n5 Jun-Jul 2005
Online instruction has grown about as much as it possibly can within current educational structures. Educators are at the point where something has to give: Either schools will stay the same and leave online efforts at a standstill, or educators' concept of school will change and allow online instruction to grow. The primary obstacle to growth is the unwillingness to experiment outside the traditional confines of schools. Educators persist in trying to fit new technology into the centuries-old molds for learning that are based on the primacy of location--campus and classroom. Yet the author's continued optimism for change is based on the belief that educators will follow their instincts and learn to use instructional technology in the most efficient and effective ways. Educators are beginning to realize that location is an arbitrary barrier and that education can be far more dynamic when liberated from the walls and gates of schools and allowed to flourish in exciting real-world environments. The confluence of technology and the natural tendency toward freedom and empowerment will press against and eventually flow around and over the physical boundaries of schools. Freed from location, what forms will Internet-based education take? How will educators' roles change? No one can know for sure, but one can guess. In this essay the author presents his projection. The author foresees that in these new learning environments, the teachers of tomorrow will be empowered to redefine and expand their roles to include many different functions. Empowered to redefine the contexts for teaching and learning, the author stresses that the first step most teachers and students will take is to break out of the traditional classroom's confining cells.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Freedom, Educational Technology, Distance Education, Essays, Empowerment, Educational Environment, Teachers, Internet, Higher Education
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://innovateonline.info
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii