Modern communication technology could be harnessed to create teaching dream-teams, inspiring a larger generation of students to become life-long learners. The first and perhaps most important step is to identify the best teachers, which does not mean the best researcher or the most ground-breaking thinker, but those who truly inspire students. With a small group of good teachers, teleconferencing courses could be created where each teacher covers his or her specialty in depth, presenting broad academic perspectives to students.
What’s the Big Idea?
Institutions would be encouraged to provide supporting material such as supplementary lectures and links to related content. A separate discussion or lab section could be required of students in a teleconferencing course and institutions would decide to either award full credit or a certificate upon the course’s completion. At the university level, online courses are currently being pioneered by MIT and Stanford as the information revolution reaches education. What do you think? Is online learning just as good as a live classroom?