Whilst I Adore being online, and feel it offers something to learning ... in many cases, certainly longer or more demanding coruse, face-to-face must be a built in component.
BBC Radio 4. 25 MAY 2010. C 10.30.
Why face to face is better than Facebook, because with out real human contact you don't get this hit of oxytcin.
Passion for a subject is self-evident when you meet fellow students with such passion. Try this online when of your 15 strong tutor group only FIVE have made much active contribution.
Yet our 'access' to other tutor groups is restricted or throwned upon.
Imagine going up to Oxbridge and finding you student life (and education) reduced to that with your allocated tutor and tutor group ... with the doors to the JCR locked. (And the MCR & SCR for that matter).
Is the learner-centred education at its worst or institution-centric learning at its best?
Bereft of sharing such views at the 'front line' I am now reduce to pasting them to a hidden wall, in an underground tunnel. i.e. where my fellow tutor group, and fellow students are least likely to pick it up.
Am I learning something about online learning? Of course I am. H807 is in desperate need of 're-invention' Rogers. 2003
Rogers E, M Diffusion of Innovation(2003. 5th edition)