Accessible Elements: Teaching Science at a Distance by Dietmar Kennepohl, Lawton Shaw

By Dietmar Kennepohl, Lawton Shaw

Accessible Elements informs technology educators approximately present practices in on-line and distance schooling: distance-delivered equipment for laboratory coursework, the needful administrative and institutional features of on-line and distance instructing, and the proper academic theory.

Delivery of university-level classes via on-line and distance schooling is a technique of delivering equivalent entry to scholars looking post-secondary schooling. Distance supply deals useful possible choices to conventional on-campus schooling for college kids constrained by way of obstacles equivalent to lecture room scheduling, actual position, funds, or task and relatives commitments. The growing to be attractiveness and attractiveness of distance schooling, coupled with the swiftly expanding call for for accessibility and versatile supply of classes, has made distance schooling a doable and well known choice for lots of humans to fulfill their technology academic targets.

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It is sometimes impossible for non-traditonal students and those with major work, family, or community obligations to synchronize their time with that of a cohort of students and the teacher. Thus, until recently they were forced to engage in educational models that required and supported only individualized learning with no student-student interaction. We are, however, seeing the dawn of a new paradigm of distance edcuation in which self-paced learners use “social software” to work co-operatively, for short time periods, in ‘study buddy’ or study groups, thereby gaining the benefits associated with rich student-student interaction.

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