Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Online Education: Immortality as Motivation
...Ghosh is quizzed by his academic sister Cerese:
Ghosh: I’ve enrolled. Marine Biology. Online.
Cerese: But distance learning can feel very isolating. Studying on your own. Not knowing if you’re the only one having difficulty.
Ghosh: And his field: immortality. Jellyfish.
Cerese: OK. Great topic. Useful. But academics don’t always make their online offerings palatable. Long tracts of text, no pictures – did you know 80% of what we learn is visual?
Ghosh: PDFs to read, JPGs to illustrate, YouTube talks to listen to, site links to virtual reality museum tours, videoconferencing one a week of the online learning community.
Online learning is not for everyone.
Instructors have a responsibility to entertain as well as educate. For example, Shin Kubota is great at karaoke.
Students have a responsibility to make sure they have a need for taking the course. Who can argue with immortality for motivation?
See movie on online education here: