Yet again I have to really be sure if the lecturer, professor, or instructor, whatever designation the person whose supervising the course has, has a proficient knowledge of the purpose, use, and importance of the online learning environment. It is an issue of convenience and practicality but also value and success of the learning experience. Thus I think I have to be prepared. I think I have to be dedicated to this endeavor because it is more demanding and challenging in a distinct manner. I think I have to be conscientious and professors should be always available online to address students’ concerns; if not, it is not successful… and teachers cannot lead an online course and keep in touch with their students on a regular basis.
It would be equivalent to not attending your classes. But I still believe that there should be face-to-face meetings as well, a substantial portion of the learning environment should be this way. It cannot be entirely online. That won’t work. I experienced taking an online course which does not meet face-to-face, even once. When I had things to clarify with the instructor, for instance, through the chat room, our streams of conversation were usually interrupted or, worst, lost in a barrage of questions, issues, and concerns popping out of the chat room all at the same time. One of the things that take place in the online environment is the formation of peer groups, and I suppose I would not encourage any person from taking part in an online course that was merely random.
I believe we have to develop that learning environment and have the help and advocacy of a peer to carry out a higher course online.
I would suggest to all my pupils in the years to come to build a peer group by any means because they have to be helping and cooperating with each other. They have to share their knowledge and insights to others. It is not productive to gain knowledge and skills in seclusion. Personally, I did not encounter any difficulties technically but one of my major difficulties was when I was at home, I have a very slow dial-up internet connection, which was ridiculous but that was the sole difficulty attempting to download research paper formats and assignments and… hard drive crash or I would be encoding a project and out of the blue the connection will be lost and when it connects again apparently I would have lost the project that I determinedly encoded.
And at times that was extremely infuriating and disappointing. That was
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