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Old 15-04-11, 06:08
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Is online education is effective or not?
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Old 15-04-11, 10:30
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How long is a piece of string?

As with school, if you get the right combination then it can work really well, if not, it can be dire. Most of the time it will be somewhere between them.
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Depends upon a child and his or her learning style too.

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As with everything else it depends whether the child is interested.
Were you thinking of a mishmash of websites etc or a structured online service type thing?
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Don't think it is necessarily better per se - but that online learning is associated with other factors that do improve learning - ie it puts the pupil in greater control - what to do, when, how much of, what order, instant feedback etc. Child isn't in the classroom - quite possibly has more of a real life, gets to talk to adults and others etc.
These could all be done in a classroom but conventionally aren't.
I think it may introduce many of the advantages of home education, but the medium itself isn't necessarily a factor - it could just as easily be books, or people that they are interacting with that provides facilitation for learning.
Online provides the structure that keeps those who are providing a syllabus, or want to monitor learning happy.
My husband works for Gigajam - a company that provides a syllabus, and self-assessment tools etc for learning music. They find that in a school situation the IT tools mean that a whole class can actually learn a musical instrument, that otherwise would require a music instructor each. Or that individuals can learn to play without music lessons. So it removes or lessens the requirement for a teacher, and puts the learner back in control. A music instructor would be capable of teaching the same stuff - but it would cost more and be less flexible.
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"Online" enables the user to make mistakes without being made to look stupid.

IMHO, this is one of the worst aspects of skools.

(And for that matter , a lot of businesses. I couldn't count the number of mistakes I've made, but I've learned from every one of them."

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