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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Nonentity, Oct 12, 2017.
I shall scurry away to my gutter.
Think that it has more to do with the fact that the creators of these kinds of software have a very superficial understanding of education.
There's something disturbing about a teacher(?) making the assumption that online learning will automatically be more engaging than learning in a class with a teacher.
Let's assume that maths, and e.g. IT/programming are the subjects best suited for online learning. What do we see when we check out the resources? We see teachers going through the material, doing a couple of examples, and then emphasizing very strongly that the students need to go away and do this for themselves. Yes you can introduce the material, but it's in solving problems yourself that you gain understanding. There's a maths phrase that goes something like "a mathematician is never happy with a topic until he/she has answered some questions on it". Not easily-marked multiple choice questions, but tricky multi-step ones, with no intermediate prompting.
When I was doing private tutoring, I would stress this point over and over again. After a while many of my students would see the light, as it were, and start to insist that I ask or set them some questions, rather than passively listen as I talked about something.
Who knows what the technological resources will be like in the future? @wanet might well be right - they'll be far more sophisticated than what we're imagining at the moment. However we're not they're yet, by a long chalk, and this renders Nonentity's beliefs to be (as others have said) pure supposition, lacking hard evidence, and essentially wishful thinking. The evidence he/she puts forward seems to be of having covered a lesson where the kids spent time on the computer, and were well-behaved and seemingly productive. They might well simply have been pleased to have had a break from thinking, for that lesson.
Is that comment research based, or from the "it's obvious innit" end of the spectrum.?
I do give the OP some credit though
Phew. That's a relief!