The Struggler

I like this posting about The Struggler. I read the article and thought it was worth posting.

This article points out that when you are taking an on-campus class, students can approach instructors after class or during assigned office hours to discuss assignment-related issues. What about on-line courses?

The article proposes that there is a shift away from the instructor’s authoritative role in the classroom to one of a facilitator of on-line learning.

It further goes on to state that Web 2.0 is widely considered an engaging and interactive way in which individuals can use the Internet to create, collaborate, and interact with people from all over the world.

I recognize that Instructors of on-line classrooms may already be very busy creating assignments and answering emails. There are a number of things that instructors can do with little time available that could make the on-line classroom more active and engaging for students.


Designed Learning

Web 2.0 has brought a new set of principles on the use of tools available on-line.

The surge in the adoption of Web 2.0 tools, particularly social media, has touched nearly every facet of life.

  • Social – Services encourage social interaction with others
  • Isolated – to the extent that the service does not require interaction with others
  • Group – where the outcome is mainly effected by the aggregate contribution of all users
  • Individual – Where the main outcome is mainly effected by an individual
  • Active – To the extent users are expected to participate to gain
  • Passive – To the extent users can gain passive observations

Users now have a choice as to whether they want to be passive or active.

The advantage of on-line courses, therefore, can now be expressed as a matter of technological relevance rather than mere freedom from temporal or physical limitations.