Through this semester study, I have learned a lot knowledge about open-access education. Students can learn what they are interested in through massive open online courses (MOOCs), such as Coursera, Stanford Online, FutureLearn and so on. They offer courses in various subjects, such as: languages, humanities, science, business… In addition, there is no restrictions for students’ age, occupation, region, and academic level to join these classes, except for the internet. Rather than the traditional teacher-centred pattern, Open education regards students as the educational center. Students have the right of course selection.
The teaching pattern that open-access education uses inspire me a lot. I am wondering why can’t we breakthrough the traditional teaching mode? Instead of teaching and acquiring knowledge in the classroom and practicing at home, teachers can complete the knowledge teaching online through recording videos or online meetings (for example, with the assistance of Zoom). Thus, the classroom becomes the place for interaction among teachers and students. They can answer questions, practice the application of knowledge and so on. A friend of mine shared her experience of math learning with me. Her favorite math teacher never gives them math homework after school, because he thinks that when students practice the new knowledge at home, they may meet various problems, but at the same time, he is not there to help them. Then the following questions is who can do that for him? Therefore, he always let his students do practice in the class, so he can find what are the common and individual issues.
Furthermore, these teaching videos should be short, just like the videos that Alec recommended for us, from 5 minutes to 10 minutes, in order to make sure students can concentrate on, during online learning. Also, teachers only educate students the the key point of targeted knowledge can also give students more space for self-study.
However, I still have a problem that I cannot figure out about the content of teaching videos. I want to ask for help here. Theoretically, videos should be attractive, it can be designed with pictures, cartoons and so on, so that students’ attention can be drawn. When they have interest in these classes, it will be easier for students’ study. On the other hand, the presence of these pictures, cartoons, and other items may distract the students’ attention from the knowledge as well, especially in the case of students’ autonomous learning. Facing the dilemma, what should we do?