Technology in the University and the Death of Socrates

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Although technology has its place in the academic world, for both the classroom and collaborative scholarship, an over-reliance on technology and injudicious application to the classroom environment, especially to overcome financial strain at the university level, replaces the Socratic model while not always offering a viable alternative. The anonymity of the online classroom, moreover, threatens the students’ ability to build mentoring relationships and career networks, and does not always prepare them for real-world expectations. Hybrid online courses that balance classroom instruction with independent, out-of-classroom activities may prove more educationally valuable in the long run. The academy, however, runs the risk of stifling individuality among students as a result of dependence upon the virtual classroom.

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