Why today is my last day teaching online…

Ronnie Burt, Digiday, Jul 24, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There are two sides to this story: the first is up front, for all to see: "I just can’t shake the feeling that my students would have been much better served in a more traditional face-to-face setting." Fair enough, maybe. But the second side is buried deep in the post: "My face to face experiences have been more rewarding personally and professionally – perhaps because I got to know my students better and was better able to pass on my enthusiasm for course content." This feels like a more plausible reason for leaving online learning. And I wonder how much doubt expressed about online learning really refects the desire of teachers to have that personal experience.

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