Currently, I am in my second online class with Alec. Last semester, I took EC&I 830: Contemporary Issues in Educational Technology with Alec. Reflecting upon my experience the very first class with Alec and comparing to now is like night and day! Referring back to my very first post in EC&I 830 I can confidently say I have come ALONG way. I have learned so much about the productivity suits and social media sites we use in class.
Learning about all these tech tools has also made me step out of my comfort zone in terms of using technology in my own classroom as well in other graduate classes. I feel as if Alec’s classes has opened a new door and has allowed me to look at learning in completely different ways.
The presenters Sapna, Hu, and Nataly did a fantastic job this past week presenting about online and distance education classes. I definitely have mixed feelings about these types of classes. As mentioned in the chat, cheating could potentially be a problem. I have taken a couple of online classes in my classes and I can confidently say I have been 100% faithful, but I cannot speak for everyone. Kyla M raised a great point in the group chat during the presentation. She states that “also true of regular school too… I have had students who couldn’t string together a paragraph in class but could magically produce full essays if they were allowed to take it home to work.” No matter how you look at it, there is potential for unfaithfulness.
On the flip side, the group discussed many benefits of online learning. The required reading this past week called A Review of Benefits and Limitations of Online Learning in the Context of the Student, the Instructor and the Tenured Faculty outlined several benefits of online including educational benefits. Below, is a snippet taken right from the article in which outlines some educational benefits…
In addition, Daniel mentioned the fact that the many EAL learners use online learning to help them learn English. He states that “many people learned foreign languages via shortwave radio programming.” Kyla also states “Classes such as Alec’s allow to flexibility assignment completion, independent learning, and an ability to connect with classmates outside of “classroom hours” via Twitter and the Google + Community” in her blog post! I can totally agree with her. Overall, I enjoy online learning and will continue to use it in the future.
What other benefits do you see from online learning?!