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August 16, 2011 Keenan

Teaching, Learning and the Internet

I’ve had this post in my drafts for quite sometime. I’ve been wanting to finish it, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Today Fred Wilson wrote about Skillshare and his commitment to teach his Monday MBA’s using Skillshare. That motivated me to finish it.

The power of the Internet is its ability to share information and knowledge rapidly and effortlessly. It’s also its ability to connect people. Distance doesn’t exist on the Internet. Sharing and connecting are the core of teaching and learning and why I think we’ve only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to using the Internet for teaching and learning.

I really like what Skillshare is doing. They are creating a marketplace for offline learning. They are bringing those with skills together with those who want to learn the skills. It’s a great idea.

I’m a sales consultant. I like to think that is a form of teaching. I like to think this blog is a form of teaching. I like to teach and I like to learn. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy the Internet so much.

I can’t even begin to imagine how much more the web is going to influence how we learn and how we teach. I literally mean how. Traditional thoughts and ideas on teaching and learning are going to be redefined. Learning and teaching are going to look very different to my kids than they do to us today and the web is going to be smack dab in the middle of it all. I like what Skillshare is doing. It’s a play on the traditional, but it’s still a move in a different direction and I think that is cool.

How do you learn from the web? Are there any cool teaching or learning sites you like? How do you think the web is going to change learning and teaching?

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  • My son spent a lot of time on Kahn Academy when he was preparing for the SAT. His scores rocked, so it clearly was helpful. 

  • Jim, I’ve learned infinitely more from the web than I have from all of my post-secondary formal academic training.  The Internet is my textbook. When I studied Economics as an undergrad, I started listening to a podcast called “EconTalk” by George Mason University’s Russ Roberts. On the show, he interviewed authors and big names in economics, psychology, biology, history, etc. and how the research of those people related to real-world economics. I can’t remember what any of those graphs mean from the numerous textbooks I acquired in four years, but I can remember countless discussions from that podcast.

    Currently, I’m studying for my MBA. When I started, I was simultaneously beginning my sales career. A year into my graduate education, I have learned more from blogs like yours than I have learned from any of my classes. That’s not to say that the brick-and-mortar education isn’t valuable. I often find myself reading something in a blog post that I bring for discussion in class. The two work hand in hand.

    Obviously, we can never really replace face-to-face interaction. I can foresee a future, though, when classes only meet once a week (or once a month) to discuss ideas they’ve already been kicking around online. Great post and, while I haven’t yet heard of Skillshare, I’m going to have to check it out.

  • What the web does is expand the idea that learning isn’t just a formal process.