[ExI] virtual education, was: RE: virtual travel
sparge at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 16:39:50 UTC 2020
On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 11:21 AM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> 'vastly superior' - research studies, please. I will never be
> convinced that for some topics, some students, a live person is not
"Virtual" doesn't mean prerecorded or AI-taught. Real human teachers can be
available as needed.
I answer thousands of questions on Quora and if the person who wrote the
> question could be questioned there are many times I would do so, as the
> question doesn't make sense, is vague, etc. If we could talk we could
> straighten it out. I cannot imagine what an AI would do with these
> questions. Crash, I think.
Quora should have a way for questioners and answerers to interact.
> I will refer again to the TV-taught psych 101 course I monitored. The
> students hated it. OK, so the teacher was boring and a better personality
> would have had better ratings, I suppose.
We can do much better than televising poor instructors.
For psych 101 and some others, most of the A students and some of the B
> students just don't need to come to class if all you want from them is good
> test scores. Is that all we want from students? What about developing the
> ability to interact with a superior? How to ask questions is far more
> important than a bunch of rote-memorized answers. What about collaborative
> learning? Putting people in groups to solve problems and learn to interact
> with peers? (could add, perhaps, pages of stuff to this)
All of that can be done remotely, too.
Virtual learning has a big place, but it's not the only one for sure.
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