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Letters: Online education holds promise

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In "The smarter path for online education" [Opinion, Sept. 27], Marian Stoltz-Loike made excellent points. I wish to add that in online or in-class education, students can benefit from programmed instruction.

This is where material is presented, students are tested, and the parts that are answered incorrectly are presented again. This procedure is repeated until the "no error" level is reached.

This method, when combined with teacher interaction, obtains positive results.

Frank J. Mandriota, Bayport

Editor's note: The writer taught biopsychology and experimental psychology at Hunter College.
 

I want to compliment the writer for her excellent comments and insights about online education. I taught for 39 years, loved teaching very much and am not anti-technology. I see the great benefits of it.

The fact that thousands of students can have access to great courses anywhere in the world is terrific. However, Stoltz-Loike makes two very important points.

One is the fact that massive open online courses do not give credit, and they cannot be applied to a college degree. How does that benefit a young person who needs that degree to gain employment?

The other, and I think the most important point, is contained in her observation, "Blended learning, combining online, flexible coursework with class meetings via Web conferences or in an actual classroom, can further enhance learning."

There is no greater education than combining knowledge with intelligent and exciting discussions. Every person benefits from this process -- teachers and students.

Jim Hawkins, Baldwin
 

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