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# The 5 big mistakes in virtual education

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Sometimes Schools are getting wrong the notion of virtual education.

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• thanks a lot beautiful.

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• Very beautiful presentation. Makes the point really well!

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• A clear, powerful presentation. I'll be adding it to http://sleducate.info/ as a teacher resource. Thank you.

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• Interesting, quite a good research. Well I read a report few days back printed by http://www.papersville.com/ where they stated the mistakes that students usually while being engaged with online studies there were some points that could be included here.

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• @KarenFalgore yes, i also agree with your statement. :)

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### The 5 big mistakes in virtual education

1. Versión en Español
2. Let’s begin by asking…
3. What isEducation?
4. Education is just…
5. a story of stories.
6. Someonewantstotellthem
7. Someonewantstolistentothem
8. Education happens
9. when you put together…
10. someonewho wantsto teach
11. +someonewho wantsto learn
12. It is a simple equation.
13. You have the timeabc and place TIME t1 of thePLACE p1 teacherTeacher
14. Andthe timeand place abcof the t2 TIMEstudent p2 PLACE Student
15. abc abc t1 t2 p1 p2Teacher Student
16. Traditional Education abc abc t1 = t2 p1 = p2In traditional education both times and places are equal
17. Virtual Education WWWabc abc t1 = t2 p1 = p2In virtual education timesor places can be different
18. WWWabc abcAnd the connection is…
19. WWWTechnology
20. But virtual education
21. has been around for centuries.
22. Teachers and students
23. in different times and places
24. have been connected
25. by a technology called
26. Books!
27. With thisancienttechnology
28. someone inone timeand place
29. can tell astory
30. to someonein adifferenttime andplace.
31. Hopefully…
32. Successful education
33. was based on «expert users»
34. of this ancient technology.
36. That is:good readers and good writers
37. Yesterday:
38. Reading + WritingBerthe Morisot (1870) Johannes Vermeer (1670)
39. Today:
40. Recording + Playing back
41. The process is the same
42. The tools are different
43. Different Media Different Speeds
44. When educationhas a time and a place
45. We havea course
46. A course is a place
47. where you can go
48. to listen to a story
49. Then a course is
50. One story
51. One story +One host
52. One story + One host +Several guests
53. But today we have
54. New principles The Materials Atoms vs. Bits Processing Information vs. Moving Objects Intangibles Collective Knowledge Generation of Ideas Gil Bruvel Overinformation Misinformation
55. New principles The Place Distance is redefined Frontiers are obsolete The World is your audience and your competitor Challenges and threats Gil Bruvel are closer… one click apart
56. New principles The Time Instantaneous Interactive / Feedback Real time / Multitasking Constant Change Gil Bruvel A Life Project vs. A Life of Projects
57. ¡Help!
58. There is a new arena
59. for this ongoing conversation
60. between teachers and students.
61. The virtual classroom
62. WWW Virtual Campus Virtual Classroom Activities Resources• Discussions • Links• Questionnaires • Readings• Homework • Learning Objects• Glossaries Files• Chats • Folders• Blogs • Documents• Wikis • Videos / Audios
63. A place full of tools
64. for the host to find new ways
65. to tell the story
66. A story can be told in sequence Virtual Classroom
67. Or not… Virtual Classroom
68. It can be full ofresources Readings Audios Links Videos Simulations Learning objects
69. And activities Glossaries Wikis DiscussionsBlogs ChatsQuestionnaires HomeworkPuzzles
70. But it willbe lifeless
71. without an activeinteraction
72. of all theparticipants
73. So theresources
74. andactivities
75. areimportant
76. but not asimportant
77. ascreating
78. A community
79. We can have
80. the best of both worlds
81. and go to school
82. in many ways
83. But someschoolsare notgetting itright yet…
84. and these are their5 big mistakes…
85. #1Big Mistake #1
86. #1Believing thatVirtual Education= Massive Education
87. #1 Technology is a multiplier … but education is a one to one process.
88. #1 There is no limit in the number of Participants Materials Activities Links …but learning is not accumulation but assimilation.
89. #1 You don’t have one course of 250 … you have 250 courses of one.
90. #1 You should be concerned when your desertion rate is 40%. …That is. If you enrol 1000 students into an 8 semester program. Only 28 will be at the graduation ceremony. …One out of 40 students.
91. #2Big Mistake #2
92. #2Believing thatVirtual Education= Mysterious andComplex Education
93. #2 There is no mystery in connecting someone who wants to learn and someone who wants to teach. …Give them the tools. They’ll do the magic.
94. #2 There is a myth that goes around: A good traditional teacher will not easily become a good virtual teacher. ...False. A good teacher is a good teacher with any tool. …Unless you think that a «good» virtual teacher = a good actor.
95. #2 A halo of complexity and mystery is always convenient to create an elite group within the school for virtual education. …We are transferring the vices and bureaucracy of old education to the new scenery. …Welcome to the new and improved virtual inferno of politics and intrigue.
96. #3Big Mistake #3
97. #3PuttingTechnologybefore Pedagogy
98. #3 An educational system logic should be as follows: Student ◄ Teacher ◄ Materials ◄ Technology…Technology is the tool that helps the teacher create materials to share with the student …Technology should be the bridge that allows the teacher – student interaction.
99. #3 But the real system usually works like this: Student ◄ Materials ◄ Technology ◄ Teacher…Teachers become subordinates of technology which dictates the way they should tell the story. …See how far the teacher is. Probably that is why they call it “distance” education.
100. #4Big Mistake #4
101. #4Underestimating yourTeachers and Students
102. #4 Some schools have developed a virtual education system, but it is a closed system. …Closed to criticism, closed to experimentation, closed to innovation
103. #4 Standardization and modularity are the dogma. …Teachers cannot move freely outside predetermined paths. …Neither do students.
104. #4 Students receive predesigned “objects”, “packages”, “modules”. Not courses. …A package is the product of a designer. A course is an unpredictable and single event hosted by an educator. …A module is predetermined, a course is contingent. Like the course of a river.
105. #5Big Mistake #5
106. #5Taking the Funout of Education
107. #5 In some schools, virtual education and stress are synonyms. …Control, supervision, measurements, indicators and reports have replaced the freedom and flexibility that was originally promised in virtual education. …Education was transformed into an industrial process.
108. #5 Education should be accidental, unpredictable, unscripted. …There is plenty of room in virtual education for spontaneity. …Students and teacher should be encouraged to take risks.
109. #5  All courses cannot be structured the same way. …Uniformity and homogeneity can not be part of a human process.…Doing, thinking, watching, analizing, proposing, building: the same ingredients cannot be equally formulated for all courses. …Some courses are intensive in communication, some in reading, some in autoevaluation, some in theory, some in practice. …The only constant for all courses is the genuine desire of both teachers and students to interact and have fun.
110. #5 Some schools are searching for the “formula” for virtual education. For the mould of the perfect course. …”Virtualizing” a subject of study should not kill its charm. …The labor of a virtual teacher should be amusing and fascinating. Although we have to disobey our institutions to make it so.
111. +1+ 1 MoreBig Mistake
112. +1Making the same mistakes…
113. +1and expecting different results.
114. Thank you Find my free e-book “El Profe Virtual” (Spanish) http://www.profevirtual.com Guillermo Ramírez Oct. 2010(Do not hesitate to vote for this presentation if you like it)