I remember when I first started teaching Astronomy... I was using the same book as I am now, but I went online and checked out the material. It was truly a massive amount of stuff.
Alright, so I have an option. I can require it--in which case
- I am no longer the teacher of the course.
- I am requiring them to find a usable internet connection
- I have to spend all my time confirming that the course is set up correctly.
- There is little reason to attend the class since most of the lessons are time-consuming online, interactive
- No student will bother.
- I give a strong implication that I am not giving them access to the full experience of the course.
- I don't feel alienated from my students, or from their education.
- They can ask me questions that I know the answers to.
- I can present material so that it's designed to TEACH rather than designed to TEST.
Anymore, I believe in standing in front of a classroom and explaining equations or drawing pictures on the board. Well, I think they're both good methodologies... But the latter can actually get me paid, and puts me in front of other people. Making little flash applications is alienating--(even if they work)--because you never actually get to see anybody use them or learn anything from them.