Thursday, October 16, 2014

How B.F. Skinner Will Save Online Education

Riddle me this: was there ever a worse technology for teaching than the college lecture? Some overeducated knucklehead stands in front of bored adolescents and gasses on for an hour like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind. What is the rate of the transmission of knowledge via this method? Anyone? Anyone? ... Fortunately, everything we need to know about how to turn this wagon train around was figured out by behavioral psychologists back in the 1950s. Psychologists studied and optimized how people learn, and Harvard’s Professor B.F. Skinner proceeded to outline the basic principles of programmed learning. more

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