Online Education

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Traditional classroom education has not changed much during the last 200 years, but our world has. Teachers present information to a group of students in a classroom or lecture theatre. Students are mainly passive recipients because large groups do not allow a lot of interaction. Compulsory education stops at the age of 15 in most nations. This was appropriate for the Industrial Age, where people often worked in the same profession their whole life, but is inadequate …

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…should work like intelligent tutors who get to know their students and teach them in a unique way. Thirdly, the research area of computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) will be presented. The reason I added this section is that the outcomes of the above areas are essential for online education, which the last section of this chapter is dedicated to, since the idea of online education is the combination of computer-mediated communication with instructional software.