Glitter, Gold, and Pyrite--A Grin in the Dialogue
Richard Graeff, Larry K. Bright, The University of South Dakota, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Awareness of the potential benefits and pitfalls of opportunists looking for quick online degree profits does not present a pretty picture. Distance education resources and devices are an increasing phenomena that may be in itself amoral. But, it is a responsibility of educational leaders to make thoughtful, and sometimes critical, judgments of the extent to which new technologies actually advance learning or the human condition. Educators need to examine how the search for profits does not overshadow the importance of teaching and learning. Educators need to avoid being fooled by the promise that all information technology resources are being used to advance the cause of knowledge or to eradicate poverty across the world.
Graeff, R. & Bright, L.K. (2008). Glitter, Gold, and Pyrite--A Grin in the Dialogue. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1005-1007). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).