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Let’s hear it for “techno-teaching”

In their 2010 book Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting our Money and Failing Our Kids – and What we can do about it - authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus write that “a gripping performance on a screen may be preferable to a live teacher of doubtful competence. Unlike a textbook software can pose interactive questions, review answers, and tell students to try again, offering hints on where they may have gone wrong.” They also point out that computer programs can so such things as compare painting side by side and present aerial tours showing climate changes.”

We agree with the authors that new methods of instruction have a place in higher education. We’d go even further and say it’s a must. This is the way we live now. Students at progressive schools demand – and get – digital course packs. They have the option to buy access codes to e-texts rather than the heavy paper version. There’s no stopping the trend. Why not embrace it? Soon enough all faculty and students will be able to take advantage of the technology that brings a static subject to life. Progressive leaders are making it happen today.

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