Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Steve Krause has learned two things about online learning, he says: "asynchronous instruction works better than synchronous instruction... (and) video is not very effective." Now, after a pandemic that "makes the debate about laptops and cell phones in classes seem kind of quaint and old-fashioned and irrelevant," Krause observes that "a lot of my colleagues who are teaching online this fall for the first time are completely ignoring these best practices." They're teaching using live video, and they're actually being required to teach this way. Now I have no problem with some Zoom interaction - it's nice to know there are people in the world - but being online, on mute, with shoes on your feet from 8:15 to 3 every day is excessive (of course, it was also excessive when we made students do this in person, too).

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