mersenneforum.org  

Go Back   mersenneforum.org > Fun Stuff > Lounge

View Poll Results: If there was no pandemic, I would want to have...
...at least 90% of my classes online 1 7.69%
...at least 90% of my classes in person 6 46.15%
...a roughly 50-50 mix of both 6 46.15%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 2020-10-28, 20:02   #1
The Carnivore
 
The Carnivore's Avatar
 
Jun 2010

3×71 Posts
Default Online learning or in person learning?

Most of us haven't been in a classroom in years. But if you were a student or teacher, which would you prefer, online learning or the in-person version?

For me, the main benefit of online learning would be the lack of a commute. For one thing, I wouldn't have to wake up as early to make it to school on time. Getting up in the early morning sucks, especially in your teens, and it's hard to learn anything meaningful when you're exhausted and sleep deprived.

The downside is that some concepts are harder to explain and understand online. Most lab experiments and activities can't really be done online either.

Socially, online learning seems to be a wash. You'd miss out on bonding experiences like throwing paper airplanes around and playing card games when the teacher isn't looking. But there's also a lot less pressure to look and act cool, and physical bullying would be nonexistent.

Thoughts?

Last fiddled with by The Carnivore on 2020-10-28 at 20:06
The Carnivore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-28, 20:35   #2
xilman
Bamboozled!
 
xilman's Avatar
 
"𒉺𒌌𒇷𒆷𒀭"
May 2003
Down not across

101000100111102 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Carnivore View Post
Most of us haven't been in a classroom in years. But if you were a student or teacher, which would you prefer, online learning or the in-person version?

Thoughts?
Both. Seriously.

Each have unique advantages for both teacher and student. The combination of the two is greatly superior to either component individually.

In the above I am assuming a course of instruction. A one-off seminar dictates that one be chosen. In this case, I prefer in-person.

Last fiddled with by xilman on 2020-10-28 at 20:36
xilman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-28, 21:54   #3
Nick
 
Nick's Avatar
 
Dec 2012
The Netherlands

27618 Posts
Default

Current disadvantages:
  • Students (or even some lecturers) with technical problems
  • Much less fits on a screen than on a pair of large blackboards
  • Distractions from a noisy home environment or unexpected things happening
  • Privacy invasion, both from webcams and when lectures are recorded including student questions
  • Harder for lecturers to see if most students have understood them or not
Nick is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-28, 23:38   #4
The Carnivore
 
The Carnivore's Avatar
 
Jun 2010

21310 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick View Post
Current disadvantages:
  • Distractions from a noisy home environment or unexpected things happening
I guess it depends on what school you go to. At my co-worker's high school, the air conditioner only worked in winter, the heater only worked in summer, and there were more ants than students in the classrooms. Roof leaks wouldn't be fixed for months.

At home, you may have more comfortable temperatures and seats. The restroom probably wouldn't be as filthy either.
The Carnivore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-29, 03:58   #5
MooMoo2
 
MooMoo2's Avatar
 
Aug 2010

24×37 Posts
Default

I wonder which option parents would support. I know someone who's now saving $1K/month since he no longer needs to pay for daycare costs.
MooMoo2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-29, 04:28   #6
retina
Undefined
 
retina's Avatar
 
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair

7×292 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Carnivore View Post
If there was no pandemic, I would want to have...
  • ...at least 90% of my classes online
  • ...at least 90% of my classes in person
  • ...a roughly 50-50 mix of both
Which option do I choose if I want a 70%/30% split?

retina is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-29, 06:53   #7
LaurV
Romulan Interpreter
 
LaurV's Avatar
 
Jun 2011
Thailand

2·4,481 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by retina View Post
Which option do I choose if I want a 70%/30% split?
Ye mod. Edit and add.

For us, we (royal we) would like the "in person" part. Performance related, there's nothing like putting 20 to 40 persons in a room and kicking their butts. Maybe I am a dinosaur, from the old era, but what I think is that the biggest plague of the current generation will not be covid or its relatives, but the fact that most of them will have diplomas from money-milking, phantom, online universities, which will be bought, and not earned. But this, you (the young, general you) will fill in 30-50 years or so. Right now the life is pink and funny, you don't need to go to school, mom and dad pays for you to stay in your room and play online games learn online.

Last fiddled with by LaurV on 2020-10-29 at 07:00
LaurV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-29, 11:43   #8
M344587487
 
M344587487's Avatar
 
"Composite as Heck"
Oct 2017

22·52·7 Posts
Default

Lectures can be done online no problem. Seminars are better in person but depending on content online could be manageable. Labs would be very hard to translate into online form unless it's a pure computer lab.
M344587487 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 2020-10-29, 12:39   #9
retina
Undefined
 
retina's Avatar
 
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair

10110111111112 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LaurV View Post
Ye mod. Edit and add.
I would, but ... lazy.

But to keep on topic.

Maybe for all of you who live with awesome Internet speeds, low relative costs and perfect reliability, then online stuff might be fine for certain things. But not everyone has that. Even a stable power supply can be problematic for some.

Besides, turning up in person is better for one's health IMO. Instead of lazying around in bed and just listening and talking, you can be moving, walking, interacting, etc. out in the real world.

Get out and do more.
retina is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
¿Learning how to learn… jvang jvang 404 2019-02-18 20:42
Musings of someone learning airsquirrels Math 20 2018-12-29 18:15
Online language-learning course kladner Lounge 8 2013-04-18 03:08
flowcharts, self-learning jasong jasong 6 2007-12-07 14:06
Learning About RAM the Hard Way Longshot Hardware 5 2005-05-21 16:40

All times are UTC. The time now is 22:59.

Thu Dec 3 22:59:17 UTC 2020 up 19:10, 1 user, load averages: 1.87, 1.73, 1.68

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

This forum has received and complied with 0 (zero) government requests for information.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
A copy of the license is included in the FAQ.