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Computer Mediated Coursework

This posting responds to the quote, "Much of what is touted as computer-mediated coursework is really an effort to literally transfer face-to-face classroom instructional practices into a different (virtual) medium." Consider the statement and answer the following questions:
1. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
2. Should online courses be substantially different from face-to-face course design? Why or why not?

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"Much of what is touted as computer-mediated coursework is really an effort to literally transfer face-to-face classroom instructional practices into a different (virtual) medium."
Consider the statement and answer the following questions:

1. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Although programs vary according to individual instructor or curriculum, I deem the statement as incorrect for various reasons. Even though both practices embody many similarities, computer-mediated coursework is not "a literal transfer of face-to-face classroom instructional practices;" instead, computer-mediated instruction differs from regular instruction by its paradigm shift from teaching to learning environment, its increases in students' knowledge fields, and its accommodations for diverse learning styles.

Computer-mediated instruction involves more than adding computers and other technological tools into a classroom. According to Moore, "the type of change enabled by computer-mediated communication does not just involve adding new technology to old ways of organizing teaching and learning. In other words, there is a definite paradigm shift "from a teaching environment to a learning environment" (http://www.ibiblio.org/cmc/mag/1995/apr/berge.html).

Besides the paradigm shift, computer-mediated learning differs from face-to-face ...

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This posting responds to the quote, "Much of what is touted as computer-mediated coursework is really an effort to literally transfer face-to-face classroom instructional practices into a different (virtual) medium." Consider the statement and answer the following questions:
1. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
2. Should online courses be substantially different from face-to-face course design? Why or why not?

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