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Published on February 5, 2014

Author: jeff.piontek

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People believe that online education is easy, that students are automatically engaged and that teachers already know how to use technology. NOT!!!


What is Education?


astoryof stories.

Someone wants to tell them

Someone wants to listen to them



someone whowantsto teach

+ someone whowants tolearn

Itis a simple equation.

abc TIME PLACE t1 p1 Teacher Youhavethe time and place of theteacher

And the time and place of thestudent abc t2 p2 TIME PLACE Student

abc abc t1 p1 Teacher t2 p2 Student

TraditionalEducation abc abc t1 = t2 p1 = p2 In traditionaleducationboth times and places are equal

Virtual Education WWW abc abc t1 = t2 p1 = p2 In virtual education times orplaces can be different

WWW abc abc And theconnectionis…

WWW Technology

But virtual education

has beenaroundforcenturies.

Teachers and students

in different times and places


by a technologycalled


Withthis ancienttech nology

someone in one time and place

can tell a story

tosomeone in a different time and place.



wasbasedon «expertusers»

of thisancienttechnology.

Thatis goodrea ders and goodwrit ers

Thatis: goodreaders and goodwriters


Reading + Writing BertheMorisot (1870) Johannes Vermeer (1670)


Recording + Playing back


Thetools are different

Different Media DifferentSpeeds

Wheneducation has a time and a place

Wehave a course

A courseis a place

whereyou can go

to listen to a story

Then a courseis


Onestory + One host

Onestory + One host + Severalguests


New principles TheMaterials Atoms vs. Bits Processing Information vs. Moving Objects Intangibles Collective Knowledge Generation of Ideas Overinformation Misinformation Gil Bruvel

New principles The Place Distance is redefined Frontiers are obsolete The World is your audience and your competitor Challenges and threats are closer… oneclickapart Gil Bruvel

New principles The Time Instantaneous Interactive / Feedback Real time / Multitasking Constant Change Gil Bruvel A Life Project vs. A Life of Projects


Thereis a new arena


betweenteachers and students.

The virtual classroom

WWW Virtual Campus Virtual Classroom Activities •Discussions •Questionnaires •Homework •Glossaries • Chats •Blogs • Wikis Resources •Links •Readings •LearningObjects Files •Folders •Documents • Videos / Audios

A place full of tools

forthe host tofindnew ways


A story can be told in sequence Virtual Classroom

Ornot… Virtual Classroom

It can be full of resources Readings Audios Links Videos Simulations Learningobjects

And activities Wikis Glossaries Discussions Blogs Chats Questionnaires Puzzles Homework

Butitwill be lifeless

withoutan active interaction

of alltheparticipan ts

So theresources

and activities

are important

butnot as important

as creating

A community

We can have

thebest of bothworlds

and gotoschool

in manywa ys

Butsomes chools are notgettingi trightyet…

and these are their 5 bigmistakes…

#1 Big Mistake #1

#1 Believingthat Virtual Education =MassiveEducation

#1  Technologyis a multiplier … buteducationis a onetooneprocess.

#1  Thereis no limit in thenumber of Participants Materials Activities Links …butlearningisnotaccumulationbutassimilation.

#1  Youdon’thaveonecourse of 250 … youhave 250 courses of one.

#1  Youshould be concernedwhenyourdesertionrateis 40%. …Thatis. Ifyouenrol 1000 students intoan 8 semesterprogram. Only 28 will be at thegraduationceremony. …Oneout of 40 students.

#2 Big Mistake #2

#2 Believingthat Virtual Education =Mysterious and ComplexEducation

#2  Thereis no mystery in connectingsomeonewhowantstolearn and someonewhowantstoteach. …Givethemthetools. They’ll do themagic.

#2  Thereis a myththatgoesaround: A goodtraditionalteacherwillnoteasilybecome a good virtual teacher. ...False. A goodteacheris a goodteacher withanytool. …Unlessyouthinkthat a «good» virtual teacher = a good actor.

#2  A halo of complexity and mysteryisalwaysconvenienttocreatean elite groupwithintheschoolfor virtual education. …We are transferringthevices and bureaucracy of oldeducationtothe new scenery. …Welcometothe new and improved virtual inferno of politics and intrigue.

#3 Big Mistake #3

#3 Putting Technology beforePedagogy

#3  Aneducationalsystemlogicshouldbe as follows: Student ◄ Teacher◄ Materials ◄ Technology …Technologyisthetoolthathelpstheteachercreatematerialsto share withthestudent …Technologyshould be the bridge thatallows theteacher – studentinteraction.

#3  Butthe real systemusuallyworkslikethis: Student◄ Materials ◄ Technology ◄ Teacher …Teachersbecomesubordinates of technologywhichdictatesthewaytheyshouldtellthestory. …Seehowfartheteacheris. Probablythatiswhytheycallit “distance” education.

#4 Big Mistake #4

#4 Underestimatingyour Teachers and Students

#4  Someschoolshavedeveloped a virtual educationsystem, butitis a closedsystem. …Closedtocriticism, closedtoexperimentation, closedtoinnovation

#4  Standardization and modularity are the dogma. …Teacherscannotmovefreely outsidepredeterminedpaths. …Neither do students.

#4  Studentsreceivepredesigned “objects”, “packages”, “modules”. Notcourses. …A packageistheproduct of a designer. A courseisanunpredictable and single event hostedbyaneducator. …A module ispredetermined, a courseiscontingent. Likethecourse of a river.

#5 Big Mistake #5

#5 TakingtheFun out of Education

#5  In someschools, virtual education and stress are synonyms. …Control, supervision, measurements, indicators and reportshavereplacedthefreedom and flexibility thatwasoriginallypromised in virtual education. …Educationwastransformedinto an industrial process.

#5  Educationshouldbe accidental, unpredictable, unscripted. …Thereisplenty of room in virtual education forspontaneity. …Students and teachershould be encouraged totakerisks.

#5  Allcoursescannotbestructuredthesameway. …Uniformity and homogeneity can notbepart of a humanprocess. …Doing, thinking, watching, analizing, proposing, building: thesameingredientscannot be equallyformulatedforallcourses. …Somecourses are intensive in communication, some in reading, some in autoevaluation, some in theory, some in practice. …Theonlyconstantforallcoursesisthegenuinedesire of bothteachers and studentstointeract and havefun.

#5  Someschools are searchingforthe “formula” for virtual education. Forthemould of theperfectcourse. …”Virtualizing” a subject of study shouldnotkillitscharm. …The labor of a virtual teachershould be amusing and fascinating. Althoughwehavetodisobeyourinstitutionstomakeit so.

+1 + 1 More Big Mistake

+1 Makingthesamemistakes…

+1 and expectingdifferentresults.

That’s the definition of INSANITY!!!

Check out my video about virtual education  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvqy0CAMdCM

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