The blackboard might look a little fuzzy from a distance, but before you chalk it up to poor vision, it might be time to take a closer look. Distance education has been around for centuries, originally in the form of correspondence courses via mail. Technological advances have led to a combination of online course delivery systems using computers and the Internet. The dramatic rise in online education began to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century and has continued to increase in popularity (Dumford & Miller, 2018). The convenience, flexibility, and accessibility of this form of education is appealing to students and has contributed to its growth and mainstream status. We’ve come a long way in recent years with the introduction of various online learning platforms and more diversified course content. We’re truly living in a virtual world and this has become even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing is currently the norm and it has … [Read more...] about A Closer Look at Distance Learning
It might surprise you that a blog post on team dynamics would lead with a discussion of the most isolated character in recent American literature. After all, Mark Watney, penned into being by Andy Weir and soon to be brought to life on the big screen by Matt Damon, is the sole being on an entire planet—stranded on Mars. Or is he stranded? The story is really only partly about the resiliency of this single plucky individual. Rather, it is also the story of how embedded he is in his larger social structure, how the smaller team of his crew and the larger team of NASA and the even larger team of governments and individuals across the globe pool their resources and risk themselves to save him. This isn't just fiction. No one is stranded on Mars, at least not yet, but planning is underway to send real, non-fictional astronauts to the planet, and NASA cares quite a bit about choosing the right people. People like Mark Watney, who are not just brilliant scientists and able to … [Read more...] about Is Your Team Effective?