ED 650 Discussion: Schools Aren’t Obsolete

Prompt: Are face-to-face large school settings still necessary? My Response: I believe that physical school settings are necessary, at least for elementary school students (but probably for higher grades as well). I don’t mean to say that distance learning can’t be used effectively for elementary school students in certain situations (such as students living in such isolation or having such severe medical conditions that it is the only option, and for students who have access to an attentive tutor/parent, appropriate Continue reading ED 650 Discussion: Schools Aren’t Obsolete

Taking another MOOC: Human Element (in Online Courses)

Today I started working on a MOOC I am taking through the Canvas Network, “Human Element: An Essential Online Course Component.” I’m very excited about this 3-week “course” because the subject is an interest of mine. As a student now in my second online master’s degree program (MLIS from Univ. of Alabama, now M.Ed. with emphasis on online instructional design from Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks), I have personally experienced the difference in online courses that have a rich human element Continue reading Taking another MOOC: Human Element (in Online Courses)