Virtual Classroom being tried at Harvard University

@Marcyaz (35650)
United States
September 2, 2015 12:39pm CST
The Professor teaches facing about 60 students with a live feed online. The Professor can stop and quiz students and students can stop and ask questions. It is not only for the US but students from Thailand, New Zealand and the Philippines. People have been trying to do video conferencing in education for a long time and some other schools have done this with good results. Harvard plans to hold about 100 classes over the next year, hoping that professors will find new uses for it. Let your imagination run wild !!!!
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@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Sep 15
Its amazing! If I had had this opportunity when I was young I think I would have made a lot of different choices. So much a person can do with their lives.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I think if this was out before now a lot of people would have made different choices in the life.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
3 Sep 15
@Marcyaz You re so right!
@celticeagle (118651)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Yes, I really think so.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
3 Sep 15
This is done in many countries.My daughter teaches students in China English using skype and a special headphone. She also teaches students doing their first degrees using the same method. It really is the way to go to reach out to many students.Excellent idea!
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@cahaya1983 (10043)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 15
@cynthiann That's great! I knew someone from the Philippines who does that too. I've always thought it's a very good opportunity for those who are proficient in English. How did your daughter start out and find the students in China?
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
3 Sep 15
Cynthiann, that is great that your daughter teaches students with skype but that is a little different that what Harvard is doing. Still a good way to teach and reach a lot of students.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
3 Sep 15
@Marcyaz I am so dumb. I will have to read again. I read and then do something else and forget
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@Beatburn (3904)
• Philippines
2 Sep 15
It's part of blended learning or flipped classroom. I wish I were a student now. It must be exciting.
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@dpk262006 (56225)
• Delhi, India
10 Sep 15
You could still be a student, if you so wish. Cannot you? We all are students through out our lives and we keep learning with each passing day.
• United States
2 Sep 15
That is wonderful to hear. Did you also know that MIT opened its courseware for free to the public? You can look at and take any of the classes that are offered by MIT, without having to pay that Ivy League cost. You don't get a real degree from it, but for those with an actual thirst for knowledge and the desire to learn, or those who don't want to get rusty with their knowledge, it's a great place to learn from.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I had heard ome others were coming om board with it, what a marvelous idea. Thanks for letting me know about MIT.
@dpk262006 (56225)
• Delhi, India
10 Sep 15
@RachelDSims24 - I have not heard that MIT is even opened for public. If it is so, it is a wonderful and welcome step. I agree with you that those who are thirsty for knowledge, these kinds of platforms are best bet for them.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
10 Sep 15
@dpk262006 If that is what you want then look into doing the program online.
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@etavasi (753)
• Malaysia
2 Sep 15
this is nice virtual classroom and video conferencing in education is much better and easy too, but it need high speed internet. If internet like at my place, i need to forget the video conferencing because it just go lag and stuck stop for buffering :D haha
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
2 Sep 15
That would be a shame if you wanted to participate but couldn't because of your slow internet connection.
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@cahaya1983 (10043)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 15
@etavasi Are you in Malaysia? Did you try Unifi yet? I've never had problems with connection since I subscribed, maybe you can consider subscribing too (if you haven't already).
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@etavasi (753)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 15
@cahaya1983 yes me here but my area so poor this not even support unifi at my area only supports 3g
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@dpk262006 (56225)
• Delhi, India
10 Sep 15
Virtual classroom seems a bright idea. People could not only connect from nearby places but sitting far away in other countries. However, sitting in a virtual class room may not give you a feel or sitting in a real classroom, surrounded by other class mater. Sitting in a virtual class room may require lots of concentration to understand the topic.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
10 Sep 15
I think it is a good idea especially for those who have a problem going to a real school so there would be a solution for them.
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@dpk262006 (56225)
• Delhi, India
11 Sep 15
@Marcyaz - Yes, those who cannot afford to physically go to a school/classroom, virtual classroom is one of the best option for them.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
11 Sep 15
@dpk262006 It is a good option even for someone from a different country.
• United States
11 Sep 15
That seems pretty awesome! Classrooms make me sleepy. The only thing about this option is you have to be dedicated and can't get distracted. I loved online classes though. Made my life so much easier.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
11 Sep 15
Yes even people taking nursing classes can take them online. I am all for online classes I have taken a few myself and have been thinking about taking another one but not sure if I would have the time needed to devote to a class.
• United States
11 Sep 15
@Marcyaz When I can go back to school, I'm definitely going to be taking some online classes. With my young son it's a good option for me.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
11 Sep 15
@DanieGirl80587 It is really good option since you have a young child at home. What type of classes are you thinking of taking?
@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
2 Sep 15
if anyone makes it to harvard i'm sure they are there for learning..no frat parties or such..so i'm sure something like this will work just fine!
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
3 Sep 15
Let's hope they are there for learning and not to be going to all those frat parties and acting the fool. I do think this virtual classroom will work for most people.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
3 Sep 15
@Marcyaz ..well we can only presume their will be parties..hahah..what is college without them
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
3 Sep 15
@Rosekitty There is that of course but in moderation we can only hope for.
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• Bucharest, Romania
3 Sep 15
That sounds interesting
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
3 Sep 15
Yes it certainly does sound interesting, I would not mind taking advantage of this myself.
@cahaya1983 (10043)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 15
That's an amazing concept! I would say this is globalized education at its best. Way to go Harvard
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
3 Sep 15
It blows my mind to think that we can educate our young people and even older people like this and in so many countries. Globalized Education at its best as you have put it.
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@silvermist (20073)
• India
3 Sep 15
This is wonderful.So many possibilities with these video classrooms.But small classroom with our teachers and personal interaction has its own advantages.We need such progressive ideas in all areas.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
3 Sep 15
The video classrooms do seem to be the wave of the future. Out technologies advance everyday and ideas are now becoming reality. A few years ago who would have thought you could be taught over a video classroom like this.
• United States
2 Sep 15
It sounds great to be able to reach such a large number of students Marcy. I remember when I had just the one little classroom that was donkeys years old with the great English Literature professor who was teaching. I liked the one on one as it was such a small class compared to what they can do now with video teaching.
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@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I also always liked the smaller classrooms because I could learn better and not be disturbed by others. I would like to learn this way also.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
2 Sep 15
Harvard University is always doing innovative and creative stuff. I am sure that this virtual classroom is goig to be both interesting and effective!
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@Susan2015 (21059)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I think that's a good idea for those who want to go to a certain place but don't want to live there.
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@zarlamain (24892)
• United States
8 Jun 16
This sounds amazing! I would love to try this!
@Marcyaz (35650)
• United States
8 Jun 16
@zarlamain Wouldn't it be something if you could.
@zarlamain (24892)
• United States
8 Jun 16
@Marcyaz Yes, it would be! There's lots of moocs online. You just need to look for them. There are free ones and some give a completion award.
@inertia4 (27679)
• United States
11 Sep 15
Virtual school is awesome. It is like taking homeschooling to the next level. I think this should be done all over the world now. We have the technology to do it.
@simone10 (21650)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Sep 15
That sounds pretty cool. The advances in technology never ceases to amaze me.