#2 BelievingthatVirtual Education=Mysterious and ComplexEducation
Thereis no mystery in connectingsomeonewhowantstolearn and someonewhowantstoteach. …Givethemthetools. They’ll do themagic. #2
Thereis a myththatgoesaround: A goodtraditionalteacherwillnoteasilybecome a good virtual teacher. ...False. A goodteacheris a goodteacherwithanytool. …Unlessyouthinkthata «good» virtual teacher = a good actor. #2
A halo of complexity and mysteryisalwaysconvenienttocreatean elite groupwithintheschoolfor virtual education. …We are transferringthevices and bureaucracy of oldeducationtothe new scenery. …Welcometothe new and improvedvirtual inferno of politics and intrigue. #2
Someschoolshavedeveloped a virtual educationsystem, butitis a closedsystem. …Closedtocriticism, closedtoexperimentation, closedtoinnovation #4
Standardization and modularity are the dogma. …Teacherscannotmovefreelyoutsidepredeterminedpaths. …Neither do students. #4
Studentsreceivepredesigned “objects”, “packages”, “modules”. Notcourses. …A packageistheproduct of a designer. A courseisanunpredictable and single eventhostedbyaneducator. …A module ispredetermined, a courseiscontingent. Likethecourse of a river. #4
In someschools, virtual education and stress are synonyms. …Control, supervision, measurements, indicators and reportshavereplacedthefreedom and flexibilitythatwasoriginallypromisedin virtual education. …Educationwastransformedintoan industrial process. #5
Educationshouldbe accidental, unpredictable, unscripted. …Thereisplenty of room in virtual educationforspontaneity. …Students and teachershould be encouragedtotakerisks. #5
#5 Allcoursescannotbestructuredthesameway. …Uniformity and homogeneity can notbepart of a humanprocess. …Doing, thinking, watching, analizing, proposing, building: thesameingredientscannot be equallyformulatedforallcourses. …Somecourses are intensive in communication, some in reading, some in autoevaluation, some in theory, some in practice. …Theonlyconstantforallcoursesisthegenuinedesire of bothteachers and studentstointeract and havefun.
#5 Someschools are searchingforthe “formula” for virtual education. Forthemould of theperfectcourse. …”Virtualizing” a subject of studyshouldnotkillitscharm. …The labor of a virtual teachershould be amusing and fascinating. Althoughwehavetodisobeyourinstitutionstomakeit so.