The You- Tube video attached is a short commentary made by experts in the on-line teaching world. The participants in the video all agree that on-line is the future and has many benefits. According to the video, on-line learning is a way to reach many different types of learners
(On-Line learning, 2012). According to
Palloff and Pratt it may happen that a student that does not participate or is
introverted will be more successful on-line, they describe the learner that is
successful on-line as a "noisy learner" a student that is "active
and creative in the learning process".
Palloff and Pratt feel that on-line learning brings out the “noisy
learner” in a student who would not be as active in a traditional classroom (Pratt, 2007).
The video states that expert teachers feel they can reach more students and enrich their curriculum by using on-line teaching. One example was a school that did not offer any AP or honors classes were able to extend that type of curriculum to its higher level students via on-line resources
learning, 2012). As a resource to use in schools in addition to
traditional curriculum I think that on-line learning definitely has its
place. I’m concerned that students will
lose that personal touch they get from the traditional classroom if there is
not a balance. Kids need to be efficient
with technology that is a fact. Using it
to for learning is certainly one way to help facilitate that. However, they are still kids; so as an
educator, I feel it has its place but we need to make sure that we don’t lose
sight of the social- emotional impact that teacher- student and student –
student relationships have. As far as
adults go, there are many of the same issues, but I feel in the professional
world it certainly is an important tool that is detrimental to being a successful
life -long learner.
On-Line learning. (2012, Novenber 24). Retrieved from You-Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf1vPhXquys
Pratt, P. a. (2007). Building Online Learning Communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.