My drive to and from school each day has taken on quite a change over the past few months. It used to be that I would set my XM radio (The Loft and The Spectrum are my stations of choice) for a commercial-free and concentration-free commute. Lately, though I have been listening to the Steve Hargadon interviews from FutureofEducation.com and Conversations.net multiple times and each time I seem to find something new to spark ideas and get me thinking about education and things I should try in the classroom. One of those ideas is to create some online content for my students to watch and review from my own lessons, similar to what I have been doing with those recordings.
I planned to set aside some time this summer to create these lessons. These would be topics that I will cover and discuss in class, but can be viewed in a less interactive but maybe more visual format as often as needed. My thought was that this type of lesson would lend itself very well to a discipline like math, where an example could be worked through and then put online for students to examine as many times as necessary. It just seems to make so much sense to create examples of some of the more important (I know, I know, they are ALL important :)) or at least the ones that are more difficult to understand.
I mentioned this to a colleague who teaches math and she seemed somewhat opposed to the idea saying that the students would not pay attention in class if they knew it was going to be online. I have heard similar concerns about placing notes online for a class.
Are these legitimate concerns? What are the arguments for this practice in order to convince those who have their doubts about its effectiveness? While I have every intention of continuing with my intended project, it would be nice to help others do something similar in their discipline that would be effective for them.