The Art of Knowledge
First Search, First Page - Elearning - A New Role 2003
I threw in "New in Elearning" in google and got this page. Ironically enough it is a little dated. It has some decent things to say about the importance of human interaction with any learning system.
Think to yourself about what aspect of the human interaction causes a system to be stronger and what about them causes a system to be weaker.
There are many others but those just came off the top of my head. I don't think the teacher should be taken out of the picture, and I'm not a huge proponent as of yet to the "guide" theory. I believe human interaction is vital to educate other humans. The key is that the metrics have to match up so that skills and processes can be assessed on the same playing field.
Here are some interesting excerpts from the article.
- Learning is social. People learn from one another. The Internet turbocharged learning because it brings people together.
- Interaction among students, between facilitator and learners, and between the learners and the learning materials, (including the larger community on the WWW) as managed by the instructor makes or breaks the class.
- Use Interaction to Motivate, Engage, and Involve Learners Facilitating Web-based training is like being the host of a very lively talk show. It is your job to keep your viewers motivated, engaged and involved....Engage Learners Engage learners by asking them to participate verbally and intellectually. As a facilitator, the easiest way to engage students is to ask direct questions frequently. Ask learners to comment on a presentation, share their observations, or answer a direct question. Turn the tables by encouraging students to initiate questions to the instructor, as well as to other learners.
Link posted by JVMM : 5:24 PM