New Mediums

With the current pandemic, all my summer classes are now delivered online. A phrase said by many my professors in the first week is, we want to make this experience as close to in person as possible.”

While I appreciate the sentiment I think it misses the point.

Delivering courses on campus and delivering courses online are two different mediums, both with their own strengths and weaknesses. Yes, online delivery has its weaknesses: the lack of human interaction, lab-heavy equipment, and the structure to name a few. On the other hand, online delivery has many strengths: video lectures, class sizes are scalable, not restricted by location, etc.

This is a pattern that happens with any new technology. When radio was first invented, entertainment studios tried to replicate in-person plays on radio. Or when the smart phone was first invented, many apps were just websites on a smaller screen.

Whenever we transfer to a new, more advanced medium, it requires us to evolve the message with it. The same is true with the shift of education from in person to online.

May 24, 2020 · Technology

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