AI is still online this coming fall
- Great! I can re-use my materials!
- Why am I not happy?
Yale conic sections rebellion (1825)
University of London "People's University" (1858)
Good features of online technology
- Well-authored lectures, can watch whenever you like.
- Easy access to exam results.
- Attend even when (children) sick
Will improve with time
- More fluency with online tools
- Better technical support
This past year
Information flow worked well.
Social bonding was poor.
- Meetings seem to waste time
- Corrosive changes in exam behavior
But lockdown is almost over!
- Pressure to do teaching on the cheap.
- Craft good hybrid solutions.
In the beginning
Jane Goodall Institute
(start at 2:30)
- Personal tutor
- Shared space
- Shared food
Portal into someone else's space
Portal from Vilnius, Lithuania
to Lublin, Poland
(built by Vilnius Tech)
How much goes through portal?
- One screenful
- One, maybe two, speakers (or not)
- Dozen or so listeners
What kinds of things can go through the portal?
- Typed text is great.
- Drawing, equations work sometimes.
- Speech has delays.
- Food (also lab kits) takes the slow route.
Orange County Register
Most of their life is a mystery
Whose work was this?
- Little or no scratch work
- No handwriting
- Who's actually typing the exam?
Who is speaking? Who's asking the question?
- No 3D location (mono audio)
- No video
- No name, mystery name
- Buried in participant list
Do they care about you?
Julia Child & Company 1978
Obama Weekly Address 2016
Sunrise Semester (1976) from
(click around 16:30)
In real live,
people move when they speak (hands, face, and/or body).
Gilbert Strang MIT OpenCourseWare
(click around 9:44)
Are they listening to you?
(click around 2:30)
- Facial expressions
- Taking notes
- Real-time questions
- (Negative) shuffling papers
watching their reactions means
looking away from them.
Learning by watching peers
Peers ask questions you didn't think to ask.
- In or after lecture
- In office hours
- Other teams in labs/discussions
Zoomworld makes it hard to observe peers.
- Their video is off.
- Zoom didn't select them as interesting.
- You're not watching display (e.g. exam).
- They're in a different breakout room.
Social cues from watching peers
from the movie Real Genius
Is the meeting over?
Have I run past the end of the lecture period?
Is this an open-book exam?
Do I need to finish up because someone's waiting?
Is there an assignment I should be starting on?
When you go in blind ...
from a post on the UIUC subreddit
Shared food is primal
We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?
(Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti)