After taking my first fully online course this summer, this NYTimes article articulated my views better than I have been able to.
A truly memorable college class, even a large one, is a collaboration between teacher and students. It’s a one-time-only event. Learning at its best is a collective enterprise, something we’ve known since Socrates. You can get knowledge from an Internet course if you’re highly motivated to learn. But in real courses the students and teachers come together and create an immediate and vital community of learning. A real course creates intellectual joy, at least in some. I don’t think an Internet course ever will. Internet learning promises to make intellectual life more sterile and abstract than it already is — and also, for teachers and for students alike, far more lonely.
Mark Edmundson, NYTimes, 7/19/2012
Reuters: Washington will become the first state in the US to allow its residents to register to vote through popular social media network Facebook.
The program will launch later this month, according to the secretary of state’s office.
“Online voter registration has existed in Washington since 2008, but the latest effort to increase voter participation is designed for users who already have a Facebook account.”