Abstract

Technology has always shaped the ways that humans solve problems, and it always will. Old problems are solved with new technologies, and thus the way is paved for new technologies to be invented. Modern technological developments have introduced the concept of the virtual classroom to the world of education. The virtual classroom is the idea of using computer-mediated communications in order to bring together groups of learners who are separated by distance. Trial runs of classes taught using this medium have shown positive results. Students learning in a virtual classroom have proven to communicate and collaborate more effectively, and in some cases learning is achieved which is not possible in a standard classroom setting. But the virtual classroom receives mixed reviews and resistance among current educators. This thesis investigates the likelihood of the eventual integration of the virtual classroom into education. Support for the argument includes: a brief analysis of the history of technology’s role in education, the degree to which the virtual environment promotes specific human skills and traits which are considered to be necessary for success in the twenty-first century, and the waning level of effectiveness of current teaching pedagogies with regard to today’s youth.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2013

Mentor

Michelle L. Smith

Department/Professional Affiliation

Mathematics and Statistics

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Computer Science

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