504Re: Questions without answers
- Nov 20, 2001The problems of students abandoning
> Web-based teaching are not different from the problems of studentsis, any
> abandoning straditional distance learning teaching, I think. That
> form of distance learning requires a great deal of self-disci0plineon the
> part of the student. Otherwise the student falls behind and cannotcatch
> up.I have just started to teach computer skills for translators in both
face-to-face and distance mode, so my experience is limited; but I
would add another basic reason.
Most messages take for granted that students know about electronic
tools, but this is not always the case (at least in current Catalonia,
where I teach). Students register for virtual courses because they
cannot attend the lessons of a face-to-face course, not because they
feel more comfortable in front of a screen than in front of a teacher.
And then they realise that they have to make an additional effort to
follow the course. Moreover, this effort comes at the beginning of the
course, and they find themselves spending their study time learning
about ftp, chat, attachment, ISDN, .rtf, html, etc, instead of
translating or learning a language.
Some students are not very literate computer users, so the medium
involves an additional effort that they had not taken into account. In
such cases, the medium is not an advantage, but an extra difficulty.
And this also applies to 'bimodal' courses and face-to-face courses
where electronic material is used.
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