I won’t hide my prejudices: I have a lot of qualms about the good American high school. Most good high schools now look to me like credential factories. They are production centers that kids check in to every day. The motivated, success- oriented students set to work from the moment of arrival, producing something, manufacturing something. And what they produce are credentials. High schools now are credential factories in overdrive.
Mr Christensen predicts that most universities below the upper tier will have to integrate a “second, virtual university” into the standard one. Good online classes would reduce the need for costly campus facilities and free teachers’ time for individual tutoring. Knewton, a for-profit provider of personalised online education, calls that idea the “flipped classroom”.
A study conducted by Dr. Jane Healy concluded that we are rearing a generation of “different brains.” She saw subtle but significant changes in the way children learned. Such changes put children in direct conflict with traditional methods of teaching.
.. Frank Lanham suggested that hypertext returns learning to rhetoric, that is, as a conversation between computer and student. Teachers are familiar with the use of rhetorical devices to interact with students, but computers would allow far more interactive learning.
A popular claim is that hypertext can be very useful for learning and instruction. But what type of learning and instruction are we talking about? And how can hypertext be used in this context? Several chapters in the present volume attempt to provide more consistent analyses of this issue. pg. 6