Using GoToMeeting to Teach from Afar

I had a surprising experience thrust upon me this week at my place of work, leading me to see the possibilities for the future of teaching. It happens that this week I have been also looking for a partner with whom I can study advanced topics in Jewish study — better to study that sort of thing with someone than to be left to ones own devices and just interpret things however one wants. Since I know that there is no such thing as coincidence, I was pleasantly amused when I found myself in the role of the teacher this week.

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Cheating Online and Honor Among Pioneers

Do online students cheat in a virtual class more often than in-person students in a traditional classroom?

One small study suggests there might be a greater system of honor online, but the sample size is small and, frankly, inconclusive.

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Cogency without Context

There’s a disturbing move afoot: Removing the vital call and reply learning dyad between instructor and student.  We learn by exchanging ideas in real time, not by filling in choices in an online multiple answer exam.

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Self-Directed Learning in Non-Structured Environments

We believe the social networking wave of the present will push students into a 24-hour cycle of learning from each other and not from instructors or traditional textbooks.  If a student needs to learn something they do not know, they will simply expand their network to ferret out a new person and invite them into their feral circle of knowledge.

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Online ASL: Learn It to Earn It

Learning on the internet is a sensation that is growing every day. To meet the needs of new virtual learners the world over, Janna and I have created seven levels for studying American Sign Language online via our HardcoreASL.com portal.

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Universities Are Forever; Students Are For Four Years

Many universities make the mistake of investing too heavily in the hopes and feelings of the current student body instead of taking the long-term view of the best interests of the world surrounding the university.

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Arguing Against Arena Learning

In a recent article I wrote — Arguing Against Corridor Teaching — I made the case that students must be required to think universally and not in narrow niches of comfort.  Today, I challenge universities to honor that teaching code by requiring intimate learning opportunities in all circumstances they control.  You create that kind of careful environment using small class sizes and not
giant auditoriums.

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