Online Learning – Pros and Cons
Many of my clients are textbook publishers and all of them are increasingly including technology as part of their programs. Digital versions of the textbooks along with supplementary websites for students and teachers are now expected. Most of the work I am currently doing relates to developing the technology side of their programs.
This NY Times article focuses on the Khan Academy and does a good job presenting both the pros and cons of their particular online approach toward teaching math. It also points out that all of the Khan Academy videos are free, which is something that is problematic for my clients to emulate with their for profit business model.
The article predicts that there will be many more imitators of the Khan Academy in the immediate future. It will be important for my clients to monitor what schools can get for free and to ensure that their products deliver sufficient value to be purchased.
Looks like “interesting” times are ahead.