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ERIC Number: EJ901492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Death to the Digital Dropbox: Rethinking Student Privacy and Public Performance
Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Thomas, David
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v33 n3 2010
As online learning continues to grow each year, so do the number of new media and Web 2.0 technologies faculty have at their disposal, yet the majority of online courses remain heavily text-based. Online learning often mirrors the traditional classroom, with a focus on read and write (and at times discuss)--sometimes with good reason. One of the most often used, but seldom talked about, vestiges of the past carried over from traditional face-to-face courses into the online environment is the digital dropbox--or more specifically, the practice of having students submit their work privately. The digital dropbox is essentially a tool incorporated into most learning management systems that enables faculty to designate a virtual inbox where students can privately submit their assignments and later retrieve them. While there might be a specific time when it pedagogically makes sense to have students turn in their work to a digital dropbox viewable only by the instructor and the student, the authors have found that most of the time it makes little sense to do so. In this article the authors argue for use of a public performance model and explain why. They contend that using a digital dropbox--or even worse, having students submit their work privately via e-mail--is more often than not a destructive pedagogical practice. (Contains 3 figures and 32 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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