I honestly have never even heard of the term “distance” learning before. From the word alone, it is almost self-implied that it is learning happening from a distance, not in the classroom. When I think of this, I think of the basic tools that this could take place with such as Skype, FaceTime, or live stream lectures online. From the Huffington Post, it is interesting to hear that 1 in 5 undergrad students have participated in a course all about “distance” learning. I also think of Skype interviews, and lectures online. Like we talked about earlier in the semester, Skype has provided us with many outlets to further our lesson engagement and efficiency that I never knew was possible.
I agree that distance learning is not effective nor ideal. It is so much less personal and engaging and it really takes a toll on the overall environment and learning that could potentially be occurring. I do think that distance learning can be effective in doses, however, I do not think that an entire class based on distance learning is good for anyone. For example, in high school we had a woman Skype us from across the country whom was Islamic. We have studied this religion for a while and it was very interesting to learn first hand what her experiences were like. Although this was fun and interesting, there is no way I could do that everyday. The personal feel of a direct education is taken away and I do not feel that it cultivates potential as well as it should.