Online learning

I see four basic models for online learning:

Model 1: Your own pace

Model 2: Virtual classroom

Model 3: Remote classroom

Model 4: The voyeur

Also:

It’s not obvious that teachers have the right skillset to create online courses.

The key skillset for a lecturer:

  • Knowledge of the content
  • Personable delivery
  • Ability to grade exams

The key skillset for an online instructor:

  • Ability to curate content (a great source for videos are TED Talks and Learn Liberty)
  • Aptitude with alternative technologies
  • Choice of assessment

I see a major advantage for online courses being the opportunity to crowdsource and aggregate grading into quick, responsive, 360 feedback. My ideal grading system would be:

  • A web form to enter information and then WHAM it converts it into a report.
  • Students see each others and vote on which are the best ones.
  • Or, it just prints them all out and I grade them in one batch.