As a teacher I've often wondered why online courses and self-directed learning programs are not more successful. Why is something as seemingly simple as teaching not transferable to technological solutions? Why is an in person teacher so much more successful than online courses? Well they aren't always but more often than not they are. Over the years I've come to think that some people are higly motivated and have the skill to do courses on their own while others simply aren't. But it can't be that simple can it? Still unsatisfied with why so many online or self directed programs have failed I've continued my search for an answer that still largely alludes me.
This article offers some insights into the problems with online courses as well as what students benefit and which ones don't:
Why haven't tech companies been able to eliminate the teacher? What is it about human in person connections that is so important? Can this ever be overcome? The aforementioned video suggests struggling students are the least likely to succeed at this method and yet are the most likely to be directed towards it. Each of us is capable of learning or teaching ourselves so why can't these courses teach everyone?