Read this article by Trent Batson recently on CampusTechnology.com, and thought it made for an interesting mid week follow up to this week's “5 Reasons Why Educators Need To Embrace Internet Technologies” post. Here is a excerpt from this article:
“Culturally speaking, with the advent of Web 2.0, the “traditional classroom” with one speaker and many listeners is now an oddity, a throwback, a form that should represent 15 percent of undergraduate interaction with faculty, not 85 percent as it does now. With so many ways to create knowledge now very rapidly and collaboratively, we are freed from the necessity of a singular approach to teaching. It no longer makes sense. If you are a faculty member and you are still walking into the classroom with a lecture in mind and “the points to cover,” as I did for many years, you are living in the past, a past that is now obsolete. Granted, your job is easier and the students love it if you just talk, but do you feel right about what you are doing?”
Bold statements. Naturally, not everyone who read this article agreed with it. How about you? Is this taking Web 2.0 in the classroom too far too fast, or is Mr. Batson right on target?