Resource-Based Learning etc.
On the whole, I stick to face-to-face teaching supplemented by some on-line resources, and there is already a great deal of material about open, distance, virtual, e-, resource-based, material-based, etc. learning. However, I am a sympathetic sceptic about it, and here are a couple of papers which explore my position:
The Politics of RBL An early paper arising from my concern about the way in which RBL has been used in Further Education in the UK, and
A paper on Technology and Learning: is technology simply about making it easier and more efficient to do the same thing, or does it affect more fundamentally the nature of learning and teaching?
Earlier in 2009, I undertook an on-line course to have the up-to-date experience of being a remote student on a programme run and tutored by some of the most experienced practitioners in the UK at least, and I reflected on the experience on the blog;
- Post 2-7; start at the bottom of the page. And yes, I know the numbering got out of step at the end. You can of course miss out the intervening posts.
- And my apologies for the rather dyspeptic tone of much of this! Interestingly, re-reading these posts at a distance of several months does remind me of a common mistake I persistently make. Some of them (i.e. the blog posts—using the pronoun with no [nearby] expansion is a simple example of how expression of even simple points can be confusing in the "blogosphere") ..some of them rely so much on references and even allusions to other posts or to my other writings that a new reader could readily be forgiven for dismissing the whole thing as the meandering ramblings of... (Those ellipses [three dots] are part of the problem. They are a sort of wink to the reader—"You know what I mean!")
- Why point this out? Tone/voice/style matters on-line.