Podcast #50 University Lectures and Classrooms

Published in the category Education, General Practice

Does it make sense to have students attend lectures? A lecturer can make his presentation before a camera. The lecture can be distributed live via the Internet. It can also be made available on demand. Thousands can view the lecture around the world. What is the advantage of having a live audience?

Let’s take this a step further. How much better is a real classroom than a virtual one? A virtual classroom can accommodate students wherever they are. If a student is speaking, everyone else can see his or her image. Is it important to actually be in the same room?

Here is what the question comes down to: Except for laboratories, do we really need university buildings? By closing them, expenses can be dramatically reduced. Higher education could be made more affordable Distance learning is becoming increasingly popular. Is it time for the physical university to start shrinking?

Does it make sense to have students attend lectures?

Is it sensible for students to attend lectures?

A lecturer can make his presentation before a camera.

A lecturer can do his presentation in front of a camera.

The lecture can be distributed live via the Internet.

The lecture can be broadcast over the Internet in real time.

It can also be made available on demand.

It can also be made accessible for on-demand viewing.

Thousands can view the lecture around the world.

The lecture can be viewed worldwide.

What is the advantage of having a live audience?

What is the advantage of a live audience?

Let’s take this a step further.

Let’s go a step further.

How much better is a real classroom than a virtual one?

To what extent is a real classroom superior to a virtual one?

A virtual classroom can accommodate students wherever they are.

Students can attend a virtual classroom no matter where they are.

If a student is speaking, everyone else can see his or her image.

A student speaking can be viewed by all the other students.

Is it important to actually be in the same room?

Does it matter whether they are in the same physical space?

Here is what the question comes down to:

Here is the issue in a nutshell:

Except for laboratories, do we really need university buildings?

With the exception of labs, are university buildings truly necessary?

By closing them, expenses can be dramatically reduced.

Eliminating them would result in significant cost savings.

Higher education could be made more affordable

More people would be able to afford a higher education.

Distance learning is becoming increasingly popular.

The popularity of learning over the Internet is growing.

Is it time for the physical university to start shrinking?

Has the time come for university campuses to contract?

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