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Why internet-based education?

Authors
  • Gernsbacher, Morton Ann
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jan 21, 2015
Volume
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01530
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Psychology
  • Perspective Article
License
Green

Abstract

This essay illustrates five ways that Internet-based higher education can capitalize on fundamental principles of learning. Internet-based education can enable better mastery through distributed (shorter, more frequent) practice rather than massed (longer, less frequent) practice; it can optimize performance because it allows students to learn at their peak time of their day; it can deepen memory because it requires cheat-proof assignments and tests; it can promote critical thinking because it necessitates intellectual winnowing and sifting; and it can enhance writing skills by requiring students to write frequently and for a broad audience.

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