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    radical simplicity, FloridaSNMOM

    opportunities, whether it is because they're working or they are taking care of sick loved ones, or they lack the transportation. The benefit of online is that it includes more learners.

    I think, and it's just my supposition, that many here that don't like online education have a somewhat idealized view of "traditional" education.

    I'm a Gator, I loved UF, I loved my major, my smaller classes, thought some of my professors were great; I loved the parties, the football games, etc. The large auditorium classes? No. The professors who, even though they posted office hours, could not give me the time of day because I was not a grad student? No. The lack of professor/student interaction for first and second year students? No.

    The completely passive lectures for 2 hours? Well...I'm an auditory learner so that didn't bother me, but very few students will benefit from the lecture format with the sage on stage.

    And that's not even talking about how few students actually have access to that kind of education. The traditional, right out of high school going to college student is becoming less the norm and more the minority. If we are going to expand education to "anyone who wants a college degree" according to President Obama, we have to realize that there need to be a plethora of options available to all that do want them.

    I love teaching face to face and I love teaching online. Both are good. Both are valuable. Some students loathe one or the other. Some students strongly prefer one or another. As long as there is student engagement, faculty/student interaction, meaningful activities, robust discussion, and the encouragement of reflective practice so students challenge their ingrained ways of thinking, both can be valuable to the educational landscape.

    "At stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country." ~Sen. Ted Kennedy

    by Wendy in FL on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 08:10:00 PM PDT

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