By Murray Bourne, 04 Dec 2004
Here we have people that have an immediate real learning need and have the opportunity to get help from some volunteer authority on the Web.
What do the volunteers get out of it? Probably:
- a 'warm inner glow' from having helped someone out
- a learning experience (you often only really understand something when you have to explain it to someone else)
- a problem solving experience, which hones their skills
- [a cynical one maybe] an ego boost (I know more than you)
- a fleeting moment of social intercourse in their Coke- and pizza-filled often-solitary existence
What are the implications for learning in the future? Will we move towards a more problem-based approach where students go out to get help with real problems they are having - rather than just learn a lot of 'content' by rote to pass some exam? Will it mean more use of chat by educators - usually in the hours of 10:00 pm to midnight when most students are trying to figure things out?
I have to mention that I have noticed a lot of laziness, with people posting things like...
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