THE CLASSROOM AND THE COMPUTER SCREEN Online Education - Page 5

most learned and seasoned teacher. education, students and teachers need Here is sympathy at work. to read one another and react. Any In order to assess the fitness of any communications platform that inhibits communication medium for this sympathetic interplay between educational use, we must consider its teacher and student has, at most, only capacity for promoting sympathy limited potential for facilitating between teachers and students. Does effective lessons. As Augustine put it, the medium allow teachers and such a platform squanders “the power students to read one another and then of a sympathetic disposition of mind.” react? It must enable students to The first principle of an ideal exhibit what they have internalized education, sympathy, addresses the from the lesson. They should be able to teacher-student relationship. A second re-create the lesson on their own steam principle, the principle of fellowship, and display the lesson their own way. considers how students relate to one The medium must allow students to lay another. In an ideal education, their contribution before a teacher in students study in the company of other order for the teacher to react—to students. This principle acknowledges adjust, clarify, improve and ultimately that both cooperation and competition seal the lesson upon Any communications platform are keys to learning. their students. A that inhibits this sympathetic The fellowship of second question we interplay between teacher and comrades-in- need to ask is this: student has, at most, only learning not only Does the medium limited potential for facilitating builds a student’s allow students to effective lessons. observe how the perseverance to push past obstacles, it also teacher reacts to their work? Students cultivates ambition that summons her learn better when they see that their to high achievement. The principle also own performance makes an observable recognizes how the presence of others difference in the way their teacher acts provides a student with the traction toward them. These two questions she needs to assess herself. While there point to the fact that, in a sound is value in one-on-one interaction 5