Sharing Stories

From Steve McCarty, President of WAOE:

The biggest WAOE membership benefit is having each other with us, yet we don’t get to know each other so easily as in a f2f organization. So I’ve been thinking it would be nice if we could read other members’ stories, your experiences of learning or teaching online, having anything to do with education over the Internet.

Just tell one episode which may highlight an issue in online education, and then other members would be welcome to respond. Our newsletter editor could occasionally compile such stories into a coherent narrative. Do you teach online, learn online, conduct academic or educational activities online? What is one interesting thing that happened or that you discovered?

Let’s get started benefiting more from one another.


1 response to Sharing Stories

  1. Hello! I am an Asst. Professor in Mathematics at the University of Mumbai’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning. I would like to share and hence would appreciate your views on my observation regarding my experience with online education. We decided to start OE for our second year B.Sc. (I.T.) students. An email was send to 248 registered students, out of which 43 expressed their willingness for attending online lectures. But actually not more than 13-15 turned up regularly for the online lectures. I felt there is something which stops there from coming online. Since the rest watched the recorded lecture later, the possibility that the teaching part was not to the mark is ruled out. Also the feedback from those who attended was very positive. I feel that we need to very strongly motivate them to attend online. Would like to know more from the experts in this field. Thanks.