This video highlights one of the things that still has me critical of pure online learning.
Prior to this scene in Blast from the Past, the character’s father had been trying to teach his him baseball with not much more than a verbal description (being that they were underground in a fallout shelter all his life). It wasn’t until he saw the game in real life that he understood the rules.
This situated learning experience is difficult to achieve online as it involves all the senses. While you might say that it could be achieved with a video or even the ever improving virtual reality. Yet, there is nothing like the involvement of all the senses in learning, understanding, and recalling something.
If you’re interested in benefits of multi-sensory learning see this article by Shams and Sietz (2008) as a start.
This is why I believe that no complete learning experience can be achieved entirely online… until full sensory holodecks are invented.
For an interesting read about the future of narrative, see this book by Jane Murray (2016) Hamlet on the Holodeck).
When I think of NGL I have a tendency to limit my thinking to online interactions and networks. However, as Downes (2010) explains, networks need not just be online. This was clarified quite well in his list of essential elements of network semantics. As a result, I have decided to explore this issue a little further for my upcoming post on how I might transform my ‘teaching’ as a result of what I have learned in the course. This also furthers my interest in hybrid delivery, so that’s an added benefit!