Thursday, November 18, 2010

Extra credit assignment

I watched a video on the David O. McKay school of education about the Open High School of Utah. This is an online teaching program for high school students in which they can take online courses that cover all parts of their high school curriculum. The teachers create a course and then have "office hours" where they are online and available to help the students. They called this one-on-one tutoring because the teachers are able to focus on the students individually. I found this video so interesting! The things that they are able to do for students by teaching them online is amazing. The teachers are able to see exactly how much time each student is spending on an assignment and the results that has on their grades. Also they are able to make sure that the students are really receiving one-on-one help from the teachers because a log is kept where every instance where a teacher is communicating with a student is recorded. Also, the students can tell the teachers what part of the curriculum is confusing, and the teacher can go in and change it immediately. I feel like it really caters directly to the students' needs, and they receive what they need very quickly. The program seems very adaptable to the students needs. Their results are extremely positive and show that OER seems to be quite effective. This system amazes me. It is brilliant and has been meticulously thought out. The students get taught on an individual basis which is the way that most students learn best.The only thing that worries me about this program is how it affects the students social development. Are they able to learn to work together? Are they truly able to problem solve or is it spoon fed to them? Do they learn how to properly budget their time since they can take the classes whenever they feel like it? Are they learning to interact with other students and exchange ideas and opinions? I don't know the answers to any of these questions, but they are all things that I would have to seriously consider if I were going to look into this farther.

Here is the video! Click here

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