Saturday, March 31, 2012

Apples or Oranges?

I was especially intereseted in Przemyslaw Stencel's talk about real versus online classroom as I myself find that online teaching has so much more to offer to the learner than traditional teaching.
 Przemyslaw compared the question about what is better online or real teaching/learning to the question what is better: apples or oranges. It might be quite difficult to compare apples and oranges or give a prefernce to one type over the other as this will depend on where we are when eating these two kinds of fruit. In the same way it is quite difficult to compare the two types of teaching/learning. Przemyslaw said that it is not as such about what we like it is more about our approach.   
 I think despite the advantages that online teaching offers, there will always be people who will prefer traditional teaching. One of the reasons could be that they are used to this style of teaching and do not want to change. I am sure there are many other reasons for this.
 But think of learning itself for a moment. When does it happen? As Przemyslaw said learning occurs when learners have motivation, opportunities, an active process and the ability to transfer learning to a real-world situation. Well, who says that the Virtual  Learning Environment doesn't offer all this? 

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