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Technology and the Changing Educational Landscape

March 15, 2011 by

Earlier this evening, I attended a seminar on Austrian economics with Peter Boettke sponsored by Fundacion Bases in Argentina. In addition to just wanting to participate, I wanted to see what it was like to be a member of the audience for something like this as it’s a lot like what I expect my Mises Academy course to be like. It was really amazing: I feel like little, if anything, was lost relative to a real classroom even though the audio was a bit spotty at times. That, though, was an issue with the performance of the technology that can be fixed and not a problem with the online experience itself.

These are heady times in which to live, to be sure, as the Republic of Letters includes anyone with an Internet connection. I can’t believe how much things have changed in just the last five years. How much more will they change in the next five?

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fundamentalist March 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

It’s nice to see academia catching up with the business world. I was teaching customers how to use our software via this method over ten years ago. I can see this being the future of education. However, I don’t understand the continuing fixation on lecturing. Education research has proven that lectures are the worst way to teach. Learning by reading is much better and learning by doing is the very best. It seems that education would catch up to research and put all of the emphasis on reading and doing. In economics, the doing would be writing papers to analyze situations and apply the principles learned in the reading. Lecturing should be limited to providing only the latest information before it goes to press.

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