I couldn’t resist mentioning a couple of things from recent blogs.
On Dick Lipton’s and Ken Regan’s wonderful blog “Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP”, there is a post about on-line university courses, and whether traditional courses are doomed. What a time for this to appear: I am deep in the preparation of course materials for a new course on “Mathematical Structures” that I am going to deliver next year!
One of the features of my course that the first-year students (all 300+ of them) will have to give short presentations. This is one of the “transferable skills” (sorry, I will just go away and wash my mouth out) which universities are now supposed to provide. I am not at all sure how an on-line course copes with students giving presentations …
The other thing was a guest post by my favourite cartoonist (but I am biased!) on Matt Finch’s blog, about using comics as a way to get children interested in, not only reading, but also producing literature. As he says, there is a very low barrier to entry with comics: kids can start producing them right away. The whole point is that it is not hi-tech; and I don’t believe that on-line classes for kids to learn to produce comics will take over any time soon.