Social Considerations for Technology, Knowledge, and Society
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
Dr. Ted Coleman
Department Chair, Department of Health Science and Human Ecology, California State University, San Bernardino