Adventures with Alice

May 21, 2008

Tonight I started a new adventure. I’m taking my first online class. I’ve been working with computers for over twenty years, I’ve taken quite a few computer classes, and done a fair amount of self-study. But although I’ve known about “distance learning” for a long time, this is the first time I’ve paid money to take an online course.

I like being able to talk to someone in person. Email works when there is straightforward information to communicate, but as soon as there’s uncertainty or confusion, I prefer to leave my desk and go talk to the other person face-to-face. So if there is a topic I want to study that I think is difficult enough to want someone else to teach me (instead of teaching myself from a book or online tutorial), I wonder how well it will work when I’ll never meet the instructor.

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