Online education provides students many opportunities to learn and to expand their horizons. I just finished teaching a student English on eduFire.com. The student lives in Spain and I taught from Boston. It was a conversation class and the topic for discussion was online education.
My student talked about how he has taken many technical classes free of charge via the generosity of MIT’s Open Courseware. Many other university’s provide free online courses and there are free classes available on TeacherTube.com and YouTube.com. The knowledge is there for the taking.
That is the key and the challenge. Learning online becomes the responsibility of the student. He or she has to take ownership. The student has to discipline him or herself. Most of the classes are accessible at any time. The student has to take the initiative to schedule time to take and to complete the courses.
I’m a strong believer for students to take class ownership. Students should work with their teachers to customize classes to meet their needs and areas of weakness. This doesn’t mean that the student ignores the class curriculum but that the student and teacher be flexible and add additional requirements to strengthen knowledge gaps and other weaknesses.
The Internet provides many opportunities to acquire and augment your education. The information is there for the taking.