Pusing euy jadinya…
Writing A Thesis or Paper – “Food For Thought”
I am frequently asked for assistance with references and information from university students and this I accept as one of the ways that students are utilizing the new technologies and I am pleased that they are searching for information using all available resources.
However, a major concern of mine for several years (till today) is that many university students are “asking me about how to write a thesis”, and of even greater concern, is that “many also ask for suggestions for a thesis topic” Ehh…..
See (Mohon baca) PojokGuru.Com http://pojokguru.com/skripsi.html
I think it may be helpful at this time to raise some issues and possible thesis topics that I would chose if I was going to write a thesis about Education Technology in Indonesia. (If anyone would like to use them they are certainly welcome – need refining)
DRAFT August 22, 2009
Accepted Conditions – “Not under debate.”
– The learning of ICT is an urgent national priority and the current plans to achieve a 1:20 computer / student ratio (or better) by year 2015 must be fully supported.
– A 1:20 ratio is a minimum for conducting an effective ICT learning program, but certainly insufficient to consider e-learning as a effective national educational option.
“The high priority given to e-learning in the public k-12 education sector in Indonesia is “currently” counter-productive, and the focus of our teaching institutions upon computerised learning as a solution for improving education quality in schools is inapproriate and unsupported.”
– It will be at least another 10 years before there are sufficient computers in our public schools to even consider commencing a minimal national e-learning program.
– With current computer/ student ratiois 1:2,000 any real developments that may be achieved will only further widen the gap for the majority of students who don’t have access or facilities.
– A clasroom Contextual learning environment is still recognized as the best form of education
– Because of the high profile given to issues like e-learning by government bodies and media, the majority of teachers in the field, who don’t have access to these facilities may believe that they are dis-advantaged and limited educationally.
– Frequently students who achieve national acclaim in contests, for example Olympiads, are for small towns and villages, and not from large high-tech cities or schools.
– We must question whether technology and all the trappings and distractions (entertainment, chatting, etc.) and time-wasting options are actually reducing the quality of learning in our communities. This is a global issue, not just an issue for Indonesia. http://E-Pendidikan.Com
– High-tech developed countries are frequently questioning the quality of their education systems and how effectively they are preparing their students academically and for their real-world needs.
– The development of “quality” e-learning materials is extremly difficult and well beyond the abilities of most teachers in the field.
– Insufficient research has been conducted in Indonesia to support the notion that e-learning will improve education quality.
“Institutions teaching education technology courses are not adequately preparing their students for the real-world (Appropriate Technology) needs of our learning communities.”
Accepted Conditions – “Not under debate.”
1) There is a role for E-Learning in External Studies for university students residing at great distances from their campus, and for people in the workforce who need to study at times that they have available.
2) There is a very large role and market for E-Learning in the corporate sector for staff training. Many staff can not make themslves available (and it is also costly) to attend classes. For instance, Field Technical Staff, Pilots, Nurses, etc….
– But not in schools?
Major issues: (Note: Many of the issues above also relate to this topic)
Basic Reading: Do we need high-technology to achieve quality learning – certainly not!
“Indeed, I can answer “No” without any hesitation to your basic question ‘do we need education technology to achieve quality teaching/learning?'” (Totok Amin Soefijanto, 31-8-2008) Mr. Totok Amin Soefijanto is Deputy Rector (Vice-Chancellor) for Academics and Research at Paramadina University, Jakarta. He earned his Ed.D in educational media and technology at Boston University.
– Appropriate education technologies are not currently being maximized in our schools.
– Insufficient emphasis upon training for education technology students in the application of appropriate technologies.
Why is the major thrust of our teaching institutions hi-tech based?
– What are the educational implications for a technology-driven society?
– Classroom of the future – What Future?
– Are we really enhancing our students education or de-skilling our students?
– There is a lack of evidence to support the notion that e-learning in Indonesia improves learning performance.
– There are insufficient materials available currently to support e-learning programs.
– The production of quality effective learning materials is extremely difficult.
Issues for thought:
Welcome to the world of Education Technology. One of the greatest challenges for the educator (who really cares about education), is wading through all the hype (rhetoric) and finding truths.
Who is the real driving force behind technology in education?
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