1. Results-orientation. Traditional
classrooms are about transferring information and measuring how much the student
grasped, can use and/or has retained. This is also an important aspect of the
teleclass format. But the teleclass approach goes farther. Many teleclasses are
designed to help the student reach a goal, make a change, prove what they learned,
or fix a problem during the teleclass, not just after it. This approach
helps the student to learn more deeply and to assimilate the information/skills
completely because they are using it, not just learning/understanding it. Big
difference. When focusing on desired results, participants learn the information/skills
2-10 times faster/better/deeper (as compared to theoretical learning).
Increased participation and inclusion. On the teleclass, everyone is sitting
in the front row and there is more "personal/experimental" talking and
sharing. Because of the anonymity of the teleclass, most participants feel more
confident about sharing personal stories, problems or situations because they
won't be as judged and they won't run into a classmate the next time they are
at the mall! People feel safer, so they take more risks. Taking risks makes the
teleclass even more interesting (for both the risk-taker and the other participants).
Magic of meeting experienced, accomplished colleagues. In a traditional
classroom, you can meet interesting people as well, but they tend to be geographically/culturally
similar to you. With the national/international classroom, you have a much higher
chance of meeting people who can change your life, even if you have a virtual
(meaning not geographically proximate) relationship with them. The people
attending teleclasses are generally successful and have a track record, so you're
co-learning with people who can teach you something because they've been through
it. This is different than most traditional classrooms/universities where the
instructor really IS the authority and the students are just the students.
Fast-developing intimacy. Because of the freedom to share personal or meaningful
things, participants tend to bond much more quickly in a teleclass format vs.
a traditional classroom format. They are there to work together and hear/be with
each other without the distractions/diversions of clothing, uncomfortable chairs,
stress of driving to the classroom, opinions about another classmate's hair style,
etc. teleclasses are a cleaner, more superconductive environment.
Precise foci possible. Thanks to the national/international nature of the
telephone (vs. the geocentric limitations of the traditional classroom), it's
more likely that one can tap into a group of people who have very specialized/narrow
mutual interests, via phone. In other words, there may not be enough people in
the same city/region to support a tightly focused traditional-classroom course,
but there would be enough folks nationally to make that slice of study viable
financially (for both the student and the teacher/virtual university).
6. Comfort, convenience and commitment to learning . People who take teleclasses
are there because they want to learn the information and grow because of it. They
are not there to get their need for physical socialization or attention getting.
In addition, many people get off the learning track because they get married,
get a career, have children, get busy/involved in projects, adventures and other
great life stuff. "Going back to school" sounds like it would mean cutting
out a part of one's life, sacrificing something. But with teleclasses, you can
"fit in" an hour a week to learn something you want to learn. The time/disruption
cost is minimal, the financial cost is negligible and the ripple affect from being
"tapped in" to others on a similar learning track is very rewarding
and beneficial. One discovers how to integrate vs. compartmentalize learning,
thanks to the convenience and flexibility of the teleclass format.
Opportunity to affect/contribute to the class. The traditional classroom
carries the power structure of "I am the teacher; you are the student."
This is not nearly as true in the teleclass format. Most teleclass leaders rely
on the participants to help with the class content and examples; synergy and collaboration
results. This is a huge difference and increases value exponentially.
8. Higher-end discussion. Because (theoretically, anyway) 90% of the content of a teleclass
can be learned/gotten outside of the teleclass itself (via the web, e-mail, etc.),
the instructor and participants have more time to focus on the specific application
of the information (and brainstorming too) during the actual teleclasses. Students
quickly come to expect this type of high-end, stimulating discussion from a teleclass,
instead of basic information transfer. This is a radical attitudinal change compared
to the "come-to-class-to-learn-the-information traditional approach."
The information/instructor is the star of the traditional classroom; the students
and synergy/wisdom-created is the star of the teleclass.
Wisdom-creation environment. Because of how the participants are set up
to learn/listen/participate in a teleclass, and the fact that the instructor is
in facilitation/coaching mode (vs. straight information-delivery mode), there
is almost an (healthful) expectation that something terrific will be created,
presenced or discovered during the teleclass itself, by everyone. In other words,
wisdom can be created, instead of just information being transferred. It's a whole
10. Lifelong learning is more
likely. Because of the convenience and the nature of the teleclasses, you
may find yourself wanting to keep learning as a lifelong priority, instead of
just taking classes when you "need to" or in order to get a degree or
certification. Remember how it was during your college days? Always engaged, learning,
interested? You can have that again, yet with the convenience of the teleclass
format. (And without the cafeteria food, juvenile antics, etc.)
and adapted from, "The Advantages of the Teleclass Format" Copyright
1998 by Thomas J. Leonard. May not be copied or retransmitted unless following
attribution is given: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to visit http://www.teleclass.com.