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Schrage: Don't think of distance learning as just automation

Madison, Wis. -- Distance learning is about more than just doing the usual lessons away from a physical classroom, says Michael Schrage. Rather, technology is a medium that opens up whole new questions about what is taught, how it is taught, and what the relationship should be between teachers, students and the information itself.

Schrage, a research associate at MIT Media Lab and ......

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Another example Schrage gave of augmenting learning was simulations and video game environments. One person who would probably agree with that is James Gee, professor at UW-Madison's School of Education, who has headed up research on the use of video games to create new modes of learning.

"What's particularly interesting about [distance......

Full article >>> rprise, people immediately latched onto it. Maier also sees potential for online simulations in an environment where real practices often involve keeping track of readings from medical equipment.

"In some sense, there's a lot of face-to-face training that needs to go on," Maier said. "But I just think we'll see greater uses of online as a means of distributing information, and maybe even ......

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