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Are colleges preparing teachers for online education?

December 20, 2011

Excerpt from the article:

Some colleges slow to prep education majors for how to teach online

Today’s college students have grown up in the digital age, a world of information at their fingertips.

Yet, when Dr. Veronica Ent of St. Vincent College tells education majors they may not teach in a traditional classroom after graduation, they are surprised.

“They’ve all grown up in the face-to-face classroom, and they come into teaching thinking that’s what they’re going to do,” said Ent, chairwoman of the education department. “When you say to them there’s a chance you’ll be doing online delivery, they’re shocked.”

This fall, St. Vincent began introducing students to online teaching methods.

But colleges and universities generally have been slow to add online teaching instruction, said officials from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland in Beaver County.

Read the whole article at: http://www.pittsburghlive.com

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