The basic premise of many of the current online offerings in higher education is that the best education online presents the same information covered in the classroom for those who can't get courses in a classroom. Much of what has been written in 2009 about online education involves:
- Refusing the paradigm of the classroom as the 'ideal' learning environment, and
- Rejecting the paradigm of education as primarily a process of information transfer.
- Freed from temporal and spatial proximity, and
- Incorporating community (collaboration).
I am open to considering this possibility, enough to say 'yes' to a recent email enquiry requesting online support for a course where the student is hours away from me and could only be served online. I will continue to report on progress in this area in future.