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Learning or teaching online: who’s home and who is the visitor?

December 28, 2010

In the context of distance education or online education, we have moved from delivering content to programed learning to now a more synchronous, sometimes mobile concept of e learning. We sometimes even speak of a “virtual classroom”!! A tremendous amount of time effort and money is being poured into these virtual environments, but is the perspective changing? When we create such a virtual classroom, one question begins to raise itself…. are we bringing the remote student into “our” predetermined structured online classroom, or are we invited into their home, into their private environment or space through technology? The answer we individually give to that question determines our perspective that in turn probably sets up how we individually view our selection of tools that will comprise the learning environment. Is it the prof’s or the student’s? More importantly, how does this change our expectations, the student’s expectations and finally, the way we interact?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. yourfreeworld permalink
    December 30, 2010 3:33 pm

    One thing that intrigues me also is how developing countries develop distance learning solutions. Such countries are more technology-resistant and their concept of distance learning is quite absurd, paper-based and top-down (sage on a stage philosophy).

    • December 31, 2010 3:42 pm

      Agreed, but even in more “technology rich” countries, we are still really trying to figure out how to change from this top-down approach…. Thanks for the comment!

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