What is a blog? What is an on-line newspaper? At this link is the EduMine blog/newspaper. It answers neither question, but poses them with force. It also provides an interesting resource on ideas, opinions, and news about on-line learning. Here for example is a recent posting that I find interesting:
The following findings are extracted from the report Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States (Allen and Seaman (2013))
“Background: The reports in this series have consistently found most chief academic officers rate the learning outcomes for online education “as good as or better” than those for face-to-face instruction, but a consistent minority consider online to be inferior.
• 77 percent of academic leaders rated the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face instruction.
• A minority (23.0%) of academic leaders continue to believe the learning outcomes for online education are inferior to those of face-to-face instruction.
• Academic leaders at institutions with online offerings have a much more favorable opinion of the relative learning outcomes for online courses than do those at institutions with no online offerings.”
At EduMine, our own views continue to favor the blended learning approach. Online courses are the most cost-effective solution to both learning and training in the mining context. They require no travel and have no time constraints. The quality of learning outcomes obviously depends on the quality of content and presentation and the utility of a course, however the quality of online courses has increased dramatically over the last ten years.
On the other hand, the peer-to-peer interaction and support of a face-to-face classroom course are significant advantages. The quality of the learning outcomes in this case really depends on the quality of the presenter.
To a limited extent, a synchronous webcast format combines some of the advantages of both of the above. It allows for real-time interaction between presenter and students, and retains the cost-effective aspects of an online course. However it still suffers from the same time constraints as a face-to-face course.
The blended learning approach is key to the Certificate in Mining Studies, a popular continuing education initiative supported by mining universities and the mining industry.
Go take a look at the site and explore EduMine for yourself as a possible place for continued education in mining topics.