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Sunday, July 05, 2009


Elaine of Kalilily

I left you this message on Facebook, but I will do it here as well. You might want to start a conversation with a good friend of mine, Linda K. Ryder, who has developed all kinds of online and hybrid courses and who has assisted many professors in developing such approaches to teaching that have been both successful and enjoyable. It's also interesting for me to read your posts on education and learning disabilities, since I live with my daughter and family and she home-schools my grandson, Lex. (She's on Facebook as well (Melissa Volker). While not technically "learning disabled," Lex would probably have wound up being labeled ADD if he had stayed in a regular school classroom. Instead, he is amazingly bright and funny and creative.


Amy's right.

Online teaching *is* a different skill set. Heck, you only need to read the outstanding literature on knowledge management to know that this is its own problem domain.

Elayne's comments aren't to be discounted; she mentions real problems with online courses - both for the instructor and the students. I know people who take courses through University of Phoenix online; about 2/3rd of them are designed horribly.

Also, online courses lend themselves to certain types of teaching methods and student populations but not others. If your teaching style requires a lot of synchronous one to one communication, online courses are probably going to cause you no end of frustration. If you're looking at marginally motivated undergraduates, you're probably not going to be well-served by an online course design.

... that said, it can work. It can work really well in some use cases, for that matter; even better than ftf learning for certain student populations.

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We can never the deny the bias that some employers and companies have over diplomas earned online.

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Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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How an instructor you teach online classes know if a student is cheating?
I am an instructor and I will start to teach this summer online. I want to know how to check if students are cheating. Let's say some student may be in chicago and their friends who is doing all there works is let's say in california, can I detecte that? how do I know where my student are and where are located the person who is actually doing the work. Is there a simple way to see that? Can I check IP's?

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