#43 Teaching role changing?

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We've noticed that several notable weaving teachers  are saying in their blogs, that traveling is just getting much harder to do. 

But... their passion for teaching has been pretty much tied to traveling. (Tho most also publish books, monographs and some DVDs.)
But... the number of learners who now routinely use internet-able tablets has just exploded.
Is travel becoming less important for learning?

You may have noticed in our earlier posts that "web seminars" are just in their early days: Interweave now has its webinars, Weavolution has its version, also.

There is some variation in how they're offered; some you have to be at your computer at a specific time (hard for us to do), others are essentially a DVD that is streamed to you - "on-demand" for 90 days, then they disappear.

Both require reliable hi-speed internet!

What are the upsides to a learner, and the downsides?
That's a future post - after we personally get more experience. Dorothy is viewing one of Daryl Lancaster's pre-recorded online seminars now, to get a feel for the effectiveness.

In the meantime, here's a quote from Daryl on the impact of technology on her teaching.

"I’m finding more and more that there is a new kind of learning happening, since everyone owns some kind of technology, at least in a conference like this. As I teach, give references to URL’s and websites, and mention terms, and equipment, many of the students are rapidly pulling up websites, and equipment references, and terms and googling things as fast as I give the information.  It is sort of fun in a way.  By the time the class was over, one of the students had already purchased and downloaded Ann Dixon’s new Inkle Pattern Directory.  Apparently it is available as an e-b00k.  I hadn’t realized that since I own the hard cover and showed it in class.  Another had already signed up for one of my online classes.  It certainly keeps you on your toes.  Your information has to be accurate and sources have to be available.  I feel as though the ways I’ve done things as a fiber enthusiast and a teacher for the last 30-40 years are rapidly becoming obsolete and are being replaced by rapidly changing technology (emphasis, ours).  It was really great to be demonstrating how to do a technique and have a  dozen tablets and cell phones pushed towards your hands.  It used to bother me if people recorded what I was showing, but really, there is no stopping this trend, and anything that helps get people enthusiastic and weaving or sewing, or anything else that involves the hands, I’m not getting in the way."

You'll find all of Daryl's pre-recorded seminars in the right-hand sidebar of her blog.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013