Interestingly enough, this leads to another gripe I have about the class. I feel that there is just too much discussion going on, and not enough learning. I find that learning about whats going on in the news is quite gratifying, but in addition I would like to have less discussion on it and more learning. For example, I would like to learn about the technology: how does it work, how is it possible, where is the technology headed, how much possibly cooler can it be and in how long...? I realize it may be difficult to decide what to teach and how make it relevant to the course; I admit I am having difficultly thinking of anything right now. Furthermore, I realize that one of the main goals of this class is to be an experiment or study on distance learning and whether or not it can succeed, but I definitely feel there something missing.
Lastly I would like to address, not being addressed. I am referring to the day when Howard referred to me as "the guy next to Wendell." First, I feel that I over-reacted. Sorry Howard, I am terrible with names myself and I did not mean to snap at you (no hard feelings). However, I was genuinely upset that after well over a month, Howard still did not know my name. Perhaps it takes longer to learn the Berkeley names because he spends only a third of the time here. Regardless, I was also resentful of the possible consequences of Howard not knowing my name: part of our grade depends on participation in class, and if the professor does not know my name how can he or she know that I am, in fact, participating? I believe that this is an interesting question that this class will have to answer about grades will be determined in a future of distance learning.