Saturday, February 27, 2010

Poll: What is the appropriate role for online learning?

If you have been following my blog, you have noticed that I have been posting mini-lectures on microeconomics to YouTube (in an effort to freely provide a close substitute for my book and solutions manual). My YouTube channel has been surprisingly popular: So far, it has more than 230 subscribers, and my videos have been viewed over 35,000 times.

Aside from the public comments on my videos, I have received e-mails and other solicitations regarding my YouTube project. Some are from students who want me to help with their homework. Others are from online learning sites that want to feature my videos.

Without giving too much away about why I am posting these videos (you can see my introductory video here), I'm going to lead into the poll question for the week.

What role should online learning play?

(a) Online learning should take over. Classrooms are for dinosaurs who use actual pencils.
(b) In-class instruction is irreplaceable. Online learning is too passive to allow for real learning.
(c) Some hybrid is optimal. Information transmission is most efficient through the Internet, but questions are better to answer in person.

As with all polls on this site, the poll is open for a week. Please vote early and often (on the sidebar). Tell your friends, your followers, your subscribers and your students to vote as well. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say.

1 comment:

  1. Your votes:

    Online takeover: 11
    In-class irreplaceable: 10
    Hybrid is optimal: 14

    FYI: I think a hybrid is optimal, but it is interesting to see what you think.


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