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Wow - I repeat: WOW. It's not too often that I run into something that I can connect with totally as an online educator. But this slideshow is one of those things. Absolutely and completely wonderful: thank you, +Justin Schwamm for finding and sharing this! :-)
http://www.slideshare.net/guiramirez/the-5-bigmistakesofvirtualeducation
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+Corvus Elrod I love the way it starts with WRITING. When professors gripe at me all the time about asynchronous learning and how "impersonal" online communication is, I ask them to take a moment and think about how much they love books - and of course they love books very much; academia is built on books (publish or perish!). The ultimate in asynchronous... but is it "impersonal" and alienating to read a book? No, of course not - just the opposite. Books are MAGIC. So is the Internet. IMHO. :-)
 
This is truly an outstanding presentation and a ‘must read’ for anybody involved in online education. Thanks Laura for sharing, I will reshare
 
YES, +Corvus Elrod - some tools are better than others, but good carpenters will always make something worthwhile! :-)
 
Very good presentation. Just wish it had an audio track to work for those who are vision impaired or have cognitive challenges. Bookmarked it.
 
+Bj Bolender Yeah, I am usually slideshow-averse for all kinds of reasons, but this came highly recommended and I am so glad I watched it! :-)
 
I agree whole-heartedly with all of the points in the slideshow. I just don't particularly agree with the book-analogy. Education is definitely storytelling, but it is "Participatory Storytelling" (to borrow a phrase from +Corvus Elrod).

Books are not truly participatory in the same sense. I can't actively ask a question of a book and expect an answer, or expect it to actively challenge my assumptions.
 
+Alex Myers Exactly the complaint Plato had about writing MILLENNIA ago - and I agree. Which is all the more reason that educators I think need to embrace online and examine some of the patent defects of traditional courses (where students spend most of their time with books, rather than being engaged in more/different ways) - the faculty at my school express no dissatisfaction with books of course; they take book delivery for granted and put books at the center of their delivery method - but online can be even better. Go figure! :-)
 
+Laura Gibbs There definitely needs to a revolution in online teaching. Too often many of my colleagues structure their courses as step-by-step walkthroughs of whatever textbook they happen to have.

Additionally, I think the biggest challenge with asynchronous online education is providing an environment for similar kinds of spontaneous/improvised conversations, both literal and metaphorical, that come so easily in a physical, synchronous classroom. And doing so under the myopic glare of FERPA restrictions.
 
AGREED, +Alex Myers - I've been really happy with the interaction in my classes where the students are blogging and commenting and commenting also on each other's websites (which are public; we use Google Sites) - I'm always trying to increase and improve the opportunities for interaction but even so I am happy that the students comment on how the level of interaction in the online course exceeds the interaction in the classroom where, after all, so much of what goes on is still just lecturing and note-taking. :-)
 
I'm only at the end of my first year teaching solely-online and my biggest frustration is the top-down decree of certain terrible-platforms-that-will-remain-nameless because of the FERPA-inspired fear of possible future litigation.

All of the stress I feel towards online education comes not from trying to adapt to a different delivery method, but from trying to balance draconian institutional requirements with my burning need to have a positive and meaningful impact on my students.
 
Excellent presentation - the key to great education has never changed, we need teachers who want to teach and are provided with the necessary tools + students who want to learn and are provided with the necessary tools. It is all about people and interaction between them and among them in the classroom, whether that is bricks and mortar or virtual. Let's stop doing the same thing poorly and hoping for a different result!
 
Great posting...to many see technology as the magic bullet for education rather than a new set of tools to meet the demands of a world gone digital.
 
teach from your heart and everything good will follow
 
...that is the secret to great teaching...and a great life as an educator. Thanks
 
+Anissa Goyal Stein I agree, the first 100 slides can be skipped. I think you should read the comments above, too. ;)
 
This was a great pres, particularly the first 100ish slides that on the perspective of ed
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