Rather than attempt to measure the effectiveness of online teaching by comparison with some non-existent traditional method, this paper attempts to determine the conditions that promote learning and examine if these can be provided in an online environment. In this case, learning is viewed as a path to wisdom rather than simply having knowledge or the ability to apply knowledge. After examining the role of technology related to conditions for learning, the paper suggests that technology has the potential to enhance and transform teaching, but it can also be used inappropriately or in ways that actually interfere with learning. The real question is not whether effective learning can occur online, but rather how this can be most appropriately achieved?
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