Have you noticed that there are hundreds of different websites where you can take various courses and learn new skills? It coveres everthing from law, how to sew your own tyroler kostume to dancing lessions. You can find online classes for just about anything these days.
Here is an example of a place offering online lessions for money – http://www.galehusetagf.dk/oktoberfest-tyroler-kostumer/
But is this a good thing or are we shifting to much of the focus from traditional learning to online classes? This is a hard question to answer. Some people don’t do well when sitting together with many other people, they would often gain much more from just sitting alone in front of the computer and learn the stuff without anyone to bother them. These people would learn more with an online teacher instead of sitting in a classroom. Other people are having a hard time concentration unless they are in a group with other people and taking online classes would only make things harder for them.
The quality of these online lessions varie quite a bit. I recently took 2 different classes online, one was a baking class, where you learn to make good tasting Italien bread (a really good class). The other was a sewing class, where we had to sew our own Tyroler kostume for the upcomming Oktoberfest. The first class was actually really good, because it was easy to see how the teacher did it and to follow her recipes. The other class, being a practical class was a bit harder. Sewing Tyroler Kostumer without any real help was actually pretty hard. Of course I could see what the teacher did on the screen, but as soon as something went wrong (and it does quite often in sewing), then it was hard to get the proper help. I guess what I am saying is that some subjects would work really well when it comes to online teaching, other stuff would be best suitet for offline lessons. Personally I think that it’s great that we have both options. I wouldn’t want to take all my classes over the Internet, but I don’t like sitting with 20 people most of the day either. For me the perfect solution would be something like 5 hours in school, and 3 hours with online classes.
Next month I have already planned 3 new online lessions. One is another practical lession, a little bit similar to the one where we had to sew a Tyroler Kostume. The other one is a language class called Italian for beginners (yes, just like the movie) and the final class is a cookie baking class, which will come in handy for christmas.So no regular classes in the traditional classroom style for me this time, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t go back to using those in the next year.
One thing is certain though, we are going to see many more different kinds of online teaching and it will be something that gets more and more integrated into our school system in the future.