Social Considerations for Technology, Knowledge, and Society

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The element of human interaction is often cited as the dimension missed most by participants in online learning. Although some students do very well in personally isolated environments, many concur that the social dimension of learning is critical yet lacking in the day-to-day application of current technological advances in education. Meaningful interpersonal interaction is difficult at best to achieve when face-to-face educational activities and methodologies are limited or non-existent in favor or electronic learning platforms or other distance-learning modalities. This 60-minute interactive workshop presentation will address various dimensions of learning, with emphasis on the multiple intelligences and a focus on social interaction and interpersonal skills as they enhance the learning process, motivation to learn, and accountability. Concepts of recruitment and retention will also be addressed in the context of sociological need, particularly in adult learners.


Keywords: Social Dimension of Learning, Interpersonal Interaction, Online Methodologies, Multiple Intelligences, Recruitment, Retention
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Ted Coleman

Department Chair, Department of Health Science and Human Ecology, California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA, USA

Currently serving as a university Department Chair, I am very interested in high quality teaching and learning, and particularly the application of current technology to effective education in the 21st century. Having experienced a very positive personal experience through many years of traditional education, I am concerned about the myriad factors that influence students in other ways. Those factors, of course, have a definite impact as well on student recruitment, the quality of the teaching and learning process, and retention of students. As former Chancellor of an online university, I was frequently in contact with students who expressed concern about being left to their own devices, as if there were no human interaction to be had, let alone celebrate, in distance learning. I believe it is worth the effort to include deliberate social interactions in online education.

Ref: T08P0414