Defining the Role of Student Involvement When Teaching with Technology: The Non-Traditional College Student
Martha Beasley, Lees-McRae College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: This paper describes the likenesses and differences between the traditional and non-traditional college student in terms of the role and expectations in today's technological world. Common expectations include up-to-date information, flexible courses, accommodation of different learning styles, teacher guidance in effective study habits, opportunities for application and feedback, and a need for humor in the classroom. With this in mind, colleges are faced with promoting high-quality educational programs that prepare the student for the real world. Technology is a vital factor in planning, applying, and teaching all students to be prepared for real world encounters and expectations. Many times the non-traditional student is at a disadvantage when returning to college after an extended period of time away from the school setting, especially in the realm of technology. This paper addresses these differences and makes suggestions of how colleges can provide smooth transitions for these students, including the provision of distant learning course work. The paper includes a focus on a specific distant learning college course for the non-traditional education student and its outcomes. Direct student feedback, suggestions, and responses are part of this focus and study.
Beasley, M. (2002). Defining the Role of Student Involvement When Teaching with Technology: The Non-Traditional College Student. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 128-129). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).