Online teaching/learning.

Hi Everybody,

My next question is – 

What do you think about online teaching and learning?

How are we going to provide as well as get education in XXI Century?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Halina

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6 thoughts on “Online teaching/learning.

  1. Hi Halina,

    I believe the XXI Century is here to prove us our Educational System has failed! How many people in the world have easy access to it? How many people outside Europe have been able to learn a Foreign language? How was it possible? In a huge country like Brazil, in which you can travel for days and still speak the same language, I’m happy to say many people are able to live and make REAL money without having to speak English. Thank God!

    Nothing motivates a person to learn something unless our own wish (or need) to do so. There is no such thing as a great or boring class! What really makes the difference is the level of motivation someone has (or doesn’t have) to learn a particular subject, on a particular day, in a particular group, by using a particular approach.

    We live now in a Social Global World, in which information is not only acessible, but shared easily. Educators don’t have much news when sharing content any longer. Most relevant content in ANY area is out there, assessible to anyone, at any time – online.

    The new challenges educators have nowadays is not only to motivate students anymore, but to guide them on how to absorb and filter all the information they are bombarded everyday. In a world where information has no more walls, it’s important to consider 1) who is going to make ‘good use’ of it, 2) what ‘good use’ is, 3) how ‘good use’ can be achieved, and 4) why one should bother with a particular subject.

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      1. Hi Leo,
        You are asking good questions but answers are very difficult.
        Let’s look at the problem from a big perspective.

        I have been looking for new resources and ideas for a long time, now.
        The question “How to learn a language quickly and efficiently, to be able to communicate?” – has been asked endlessly.
        I haven’t found the answer, yet.
        There are many methods as well as theories, but still I am not sure which one to choose. I have been using different concepts and think that blended teaching/learning is my way of teaching, so far.
        Deliberations are important to find some improvement in our teaching/learning.
        Moreover, the teacher’s personality helps us to develop habits and skills, which interest and serve others. An outstanding, kind teacher with great sense of humor and very positive attitude is the person we are looking for.
        Active learning/teaching is the pedagogical approach which highlights motivating learners to be engaged in the classroom doings. It is frequently defined as taking part in activities involving them in lively performance and developing thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and assessment.
        In my point of view, there are some noteworthy ways to involve students during a lecture such as short demonstrations, surveyed by class debate as well as the 20 -30 guided PPT lecture, followed by expounding, discussing and particularizing the material.
        I am convinced that discussion is essential for a lecture, as an instrument to advance active learning skills and to motivate students toward further learning, or else to mature students’ thinking skills.
        The point I am making is that; instead of asking/ answering questions about active learning, I am going to talk about active teaching.
        For me – teaching online is using technology in the classroom; as an additional method of conventional teaching.
        I am for blended learning which means – taking advantage of both, traditional f2f techniques and possibilities given by new technologies.
        Some say that: participants in online classes seem to be more involved and engaged in lesson activities than students in conventional classes.
        In my opinion, we are able to activate our learners equally in both situations.
        Getting decent communication in different educational settings requires altered teaching approaches.
        This enables us to change them from passive learners to active students.
        But how to help them learn actively and meaningfully, it is a separate issue.
        Active learning involves providing opportunities for students to meaningfully talk and listen, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject. (Meyers & Jones, 1993, p. 6)
        Confucius’s aphorism should not be forgotten.
        I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. (Page 75 Instruction at FSU Handbook 2011)
        By doing and practicing, we build our long term memory library.
        Short term recollection is formed mostly by memorizing, which is unfortunately assessed in majority of schools.
        My experience tells that I ought to practice active learning principles to progress activities for my students that best mirror my particular communication style and the topics, forms of thinking, and strategies to the problems which are needed to understand and relate to the topics.
        This is how I work on creating my “active learners”.
        Looking for answers to the most common questions: what, when, where, who, why, why don’t, how etc. is always the starting point.
        As a result of our discussion – we are able to put together part of incompetent content knowledgeable student with fully involved learner and self-motivated thinker.
        References:
        http://cet.usc.edu/resources/teaching_learning/docs/Active_Learning_Florida.pdf

        http://www.k12.wa.us/Reading/ReadingFirst/MaterialsHandouts2009-10/WARdg1stJuly09ActiveEngagement.pdf

        http://www.tutorselect.com/find/wake_forest_nc/gre/tutors

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  2. Hi Halina,

    I believe the XXI Century is here to prove us our Educational System has failed! How many people in the world have easy access to it? How many people outside Europe have been able to learn a Foreign language? How was it possible? In a huge country like Brazil, in which you can travel for days and still speak the same language, I’m happy to say many people are able to live and make REAL money without having to speak English. Thank God!

    Nothing motivates a person to learn something unless our own wish (or need) to do so. There is no such thing as a great or boring class! What really makes the difference is the level of motivation someone has (or doesn’t have) to learn a particular subject, on a particular day, in a particular group, by using a particular approach.

    We live now in a Social Global World, in which information is not only accessible, but shared easily. Educators don’t have much news when sharing content any longer. Most relevant content in ANY area is out there, accessible to anyone, at any time – online.

    The new challenges educators have nowadays is not only to motivate students anymore, but to guide them on how to absorb and filter all the information they are bombarded everyday. In a world where information has no more walls, it’s important to consider 1) who is going to make ‘good use’ of it, 2) what ‘good use’ is, 3) how ‘good use’ can be achieved, and 4) why one should bother with a particular subject.

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