Distance Learning Essay #2

Distance Learning Essay #2
2/24/95


As we move along in the semester, I have found most of us adapting well to the new technology. As the novelty of it all has worn off, we are begining to have some good discussions. The only thing is that many points students make, seem to be detached from one another. Possibly, it is because the points are often bounced back and forth between Michigan and Berkeley, and we jump from black to white without any coherence.

I find that most have been confused as to the completetion of assignments since this is the one class where actual "papers" are not turned in. This, in conjunction with the fact that the Berkeley students are not linked to the class web pages have made some students feel as if they are more detached from the Michigan class because no one is able to read about them and their essays. In addition, the problems with the newsgroups and Berkeley access has only added to the dilemma. It was frustrating initially trying to find the correct newsgroups and then ultimately to realize that whatwe were posting was unreadable to the Michigan students. Hopefully now with those technical glitches fixed, we students will be able to participate and interact with one another outside of class.

It is interesting how much we have to rely on technology for this class. From the actual classroom to the web pages and assignments, what we perceive and learn from one another is pretty much soley based on the students ease with using the technology to participate. Those who don't, become less remembered.


Natalie Zee
nzee@uclink2.berkeley.edu
2/24/95