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Distance Learning alone doesn't work!

Our experience in Africa has been that students doing distance learning/on line courses will drop out if they don't meet together for help.

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The human, social element seems to be forgotten sometimes when people are encouraged into distance learning. Although this looks technologically great, we have found people need time to talk together face to face and share ideas and challenges. This is being ignored in some programs.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

This fact should resonate with anybody providing distance learning.

This idea emerged from:

  • A Design Jam or Workshop event

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I train Africans who have finished Secondary school to help them get degrees.


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We have found that to be a very large risk for first generation or rural or low-income students. Working with schools and students in Appalachia in Kentucky (US), our experience is that even when students have the infrastructure for online classes, few have the self efficacy and self discipline to maintain a full course load successfully without some one on one or group meetings for clarity and support.

Students especially struggle when it comes to understanding the protocols and culture of higher education from terminology (i.e. Bursar or Registrar) to deadlines and how to refer to a syllabus for individual class requirements and mandates.

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Hi Margaret and Terry Hosler 
Meeting to learn together seems to be something that many students needs, across age groups, for life long learning. I learned about an exciting project being piloted in libraries to address this need for students using MOOCS. I just checked into that project again and it is expanding.
p2p is a peer to peer learning model that is facilitated by libraries. I first read about it when I was looking at something about a challenge run by The Knight Foundation.

What do you think?

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