The Learning Community Website

Objection to recording in class ?

Q . What about instructors who do not want to be recorded in their classes?

A. During the initial stages of adjusting to our new system, some instructors (who want to convey classroom material to students and receive royalties) may not want to create an in-class recording. As an alternative, these individuals may simply create a recording in a studio setting (without students) that contains all of the material they would normally cover during a class period.

Tethered to podium ?

Q . Will instructors who are more physically animated be confined when they lecture by using a stationary whiteboard slate?

A .  As we develop more sophisticated modalities in text and video capture, a greater array of equipment and teaching styles will be available for use with our system. We are currently working on incorporating those alternatives (i.e., motion sensing video cameras, etc.). Until then, we believe instructors will find the electronic whiteboard easy to use and sufficient for their needs.

Why participate in tutorial forums?

Q . Why should instructors participate in tutorial forums?

A . Aside from short “sample” lectures that will be made available in order to give students a glimpse of their teaching style and quality of explanation, free online tutorials will allow an instructor to “show their stuff” (as well as help student understanding), in the hope that students will be attracted to the instructor’s downloadable lectures and as a result gain more royalties. Teachers’ Unions Acceptance

Q . How will teachers’ unions react to this educational program?

A . We believe that as long as the instructors have the ultimate decision to participate in our program, the unions should have no objections. Hopefully, all instructors will want their students to increase understanding of subject matter, and will wish to become affiliated with EXCL in Education™. We believe that the monetary compensation that the instructors will derive from participation can only be an added bonus to create the most informative lectures, expressed in the most succinct manner. Classroom attendance

Q . Will class attendance suffer when students know that they can just look at the lectures later?

A . Only if you allow it to! We believe that using this great learning tool will enhance the classroom experience. Since some students wil desire to “cut corners” in the learning process, instructors may, and perhaps should, add an attendance factor in evaluating a student’s grade. If students don’t respond to the loss of valuable points from their scores due to non-attendance, instructors and/or educational facilities may “suspend” or put “on hold” a student’s account with EXCL in Education™.

How will students access

Q . How do students get to see these lectures and classes?

A . While we recoginize that most students have computer access at home, we also know that many utilize library and school computers. Our goal is to provide free access at schools supporting the program so those students in after-hours school programs and those who study in the school or public library, will be able to see and learn too. The simple answer is: Home Computer • Public Library • School Library • Computer Lab

Q . Why should Teachers be involved?

A . No one is forcing the teachers to be involved – no one is forcing the students. Our goal is to create peer group pressure both on faculty and students to drive both groups to utilize this technology (on a parallel with “My Space®”). Teachers will learn quickly so they can benefit financially and professionally. Not only will they earn royalties from the viewing of their classes, they’ll also do better with the school administration because they’ll be better prepared and their students will test better.

Q . How set in stone is this program?

A . There are few hard and fast rules involved here. Our goal is to provide the best aftermarket education for students. That means being flexible enough to embrace various teaching methods and styles. It also means that each discipline will develop in a way that best transmits the information needed for the students to learn. A white board for a math class might be perfect for equations but a document camera might be best for a biology class where dissecting a frog will come to life in multi dimensions. Adding documentation or additional material to a history, art or social studies class will enhance the learning experience providing more information than may be possible in the classroom setting.