K-12 Distance Ed. in NL-3B: Teaching and Learning by DE (1988-2003)

In case you were wondering what it was really like to be a part of the 1988-2003 distance education project, here’s short video collage courtesy of my colleague Frank Shapleigh.

Incidentally, the last class in the video was the very last one taught using that Legacy System. Quite fitting–George Wright taught the first class in 1998 and the last one in 2003. Edwina–the second last teacher, came on board the same year that I did (1992) and still teaches by distance education using our new method. …two very dear friends and colleagues :>)

As you will see (later on in part 7), in 2000 we began piloting a new Internet-based model which we fully implemented in 2002. The students who started on the legacy model in 2000 stayed with it, so for a short while the two systems ran in tandem.

13 thoughts on “K-12 Distance Ed. in NL-3B: Teaching and Learning by DE (1988-2003)

  1. That vid just took me back at least 35 years reminding me of maths lessons. I would have found it quite difficult talking to a distance teacher. I didn’t like talking in class anyway. Did you have problems with the more shy/reserved kids not wanting to participate? Or did it work the other way – was it easier for them?

    1. People responded differently to distance education. I made an effort to try and draw everyone in but also tried to be sensitive to those who did not feel inclined to participate. Yes–some of the quiet ones did actually come very much alive on this system, but that did vary. One thing all of us tried to do was to open up the rapport with all of the students. I used to maximize the time between classes talking to students about…whatever.. It was not unusual to let some of this spill into class time too. It wasn’t about being chatty generally but, rather, about trying to get people to open up to the extent that they were comfortable.

  2. Vince Mulrooney

    I was part of the old Telemedicine project….and also of the vista digital interent project that looks alot like CDLI today. Having experienced both, it’s nice to walk done memory lane and recall my math/physics experience in high school, and also to see how far it has progressed since then. Great read so far!

  3. Nice … although the technologies are different, watching the video brought back memories of instruments that were under rapid development when I was in highschool and in college. It is amazing realize how far we’ve come. My kids were home schoolers and I can still remember some of their frustration dealing with group conversation via dial-up connections. I’ll be interested to see how the internet generation does all of this now. I ask once more … when are you going to put all of this together into a book? D

    1. You are right–in so many ways we have made great strides. That said, in so many more ways we are still very much the same and those more fundamental principles can still help guide our future efforts.Some of those principles, right of the top of my head, include: our innate curiosity, the need to belong, the fact that learning is an active thing, that is we need to DO something in order to learn (but those ‘somethings’ vary from learner to learner), the need for mentors and, finally, the ever-present need for support–both emotional and intellectual–throughout the learning process.

      As for the book–I retire from this job (which I love so much) in August. Who knows what will happen then :>)

      1. Retirement! This is a no brainer Maurice. You’ve got lots of good things to say about teaching and learning in all environments. The things you’ve learned in the DE environment apply to all forms of teaching and of learning. Write it … do it! D

      2. Thanks! Sadly full retirement is still quite a ways out. With two still in high school–and using dental braces and two at University, slowing down and dropping completely out of the workforce is still a long ways out! From 1992 to about 2002 I wrote–a lot–for various educational publishers. On the about page there’s a link to my linkedin profile where I list some of the publications. When we started up CDLI in the early part of 2000 things just got too crazy and I stopped that. Maybe I’ll resume it this fall…we’ll see.

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