Myths of Educational Technology
Seven original myths were formulated by Bill Scroggins, Past President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. The reference to his article is in the Resources box to the right.
The myths below are in the form of statements that can be interpreted in many ways - some that are favorable to technology and some that are not. The text of each of the myths is printed, and along with commentary to show why the statement has some elements that are true and some that are false.
Myth 1 - It is possible to educate more students by online teaching than it is by traditional face-to-face classroom teaching.
Myth 2 - Teaching online costs less than traditional face-to-face teaching.
Myth 3 - Fewer brick and mortar buildings will be needed when more courses are taught online.
Myth 4 - Purchasing networks and computers is the most expensive part of providing technology for teaching and learning.
Myth 5 - Eventually, all faculty will abandon face-to-face teaching for online teaching.
Myth 6 - Fewer faculty will be needed as the shift to online learning occurs.
Myth 7 - Students learn more in the online classroom than they do in the face-to-face classroom.
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