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Saturday, April 22, 2017

3 Reasons Why My Wife Dislikes Online Learning | Inside Higher Ed - Technology and Learning

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Time, control, and relevancy." notes Dr. Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).

Technology and Learning

My wife and I are in a mixed marriage. 

I work in online education. She dislikes learning online. 

I spend the majority of my time and energy trying to figure out how to leverage technology to improve education. Her experiences with digital learning have been mostly negative. 

For my wife, online education equals computerized training. She’s a doc - an academic physician - and doctors have all sorts of mandatory continuing education requirements. They need to certify that they have received training in everything from patient confidentiality policies to hand washing. 

The method that they complete this mandatory training is through web-based self-paced modules. She dislikes these online modules for 3 reasons: 

1 - Time: 
There is nothing wrong with mandatory continuing education. Medicine is a highly regulated industry, and complying with government requirements requires that the workforce receive continuous training and certification. The problem is that she is expected to squeeze the online training modules into the rest of her work or her personal time. Unlike the old days when employee training was done through in-person classes and workshops, online training is intended to be done during the employees own time. The problem is not so much that she hates the online format, but that doing the online units is an additional time burden on top of the rest of her responsibilities.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed (blog)