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Trochaic / Iambic Heptameter
Distance Learning, Lacking Classroom
Warmth Is Second Rate!
That's the accusation in our hot online debate.
I disagree. We have more time to think and learn with
So why, I ask professors, do you put up such resistance?
Answer one says, "Time for content
simply's not enough!"
I reply, "put it on the web and link your stuff.
Then the time in class could deal with upper-level Bloom.
Different slants and implications now can get some room."
Answer number two says, "Online
learning is too cold,
and lacks that spark that makes our verbal intercourse
My reply says, "with computers all write and engage
Not like face-to-face where just a few control the
"Learners say they interact much more
each week online,
Clearly giving help in letting what they write refine.
All of which improves their individual motivation,
Building up their confidence and team cooperation."
Third, professors say, "there's
no reward and no incentive,
We're too busy with our work, no time to be inventive.
We are happy as we are, if it ain't broke, why fix it?
And since we run curriculum, don't push, 'cause then
we'll nix it!"
Can that then be the bottom line? I ask
you then , with deference,
Aren't you REALLY saying "Distance will NOT be our
IF that IS the way things are then maybe you should know,
Titanic comes to mind right off ....
and more so Maginot ...!
Guy Bensusan, Thu, 16 Aug 2001