Online learning is the future -- and present -- of education

Like global warming, online educational tools will have their greatest impact in the future but are already having effects today.

Educational technologies will keep getting better. And teachers and students will learn how to better utilize them. One teaching adaptation multiple teachers have independently discovered — and all seem to love — is flipping lectures and “homework”: lectures are recorded, uploaded online, and watched by students at home, freeing up class time to do “homework” when the teacher can offer assistance and answer questions:

Using Camtasia Studio, a screen recording and video editing program, Roshan uploaded her lectures to iTunes and assigned them as homework. “We’ve kind of reversed the whole dynamic of the class,” she says. “Instead of lecturing in class, I lecture to them when they’re at home, and we work problems together [in the classroom]. I liken it to an English classroom where the kids go home and do the reading and then they come into class and have this lively, engaging discussion.”

Taught with the video lectures, Roshan’s students in the 2010-11 school year scored an average of 4.11 on the AP calculus test, compared to the 3.59 average among her students who took the test and were taught in the traditional classroom setting the year before. And a third of the class—a 10 percent increase from the previous year—scored a 5, the highest score.

Posted by James on Friday, July 15, 2011