My journey through articles on online teaching would be incomplete without more critical views on the subject. So, here is a blog post by Amanda Johnson which lays out several arguments about how online interaction will never replace face-to-face. For example, the author states that even though the teacher and the students are ‘real’, the atmosphere isn’t. There is less spontaneity in student-teacher interaction, students can only speak one at a time, there’s lack of emotion and connection – and teachers cannot get the full training and experience that they need to do their work.
Well, what do you think: yea or nay?