Teaching Online versus the Classroom

Teaching Online versus the Classroom

I'm not the type of person that meets a lot of new people.

For the most part, I spend my time working at home, on my business. I'm out with my wife, with my friends, or with my family. There are not a lot of opportunities to meet new people when you're working at home for yourself.

And I'm not complaining. That's fine with me.

But today at the gym, I started talking to another guy about drones, of all things. It's sort of funny about how a conversation starts, but he was talking about drones and I thought I had something insightful to say. (As I always believe I do. 🙂 )

It turns out, he works as a professor at a local college here in Toronto. He asked about myself, and I mentioned that I teach online.

I try to be modest when talking with strangers, but I did mention that was able to support myself from this online teaching, lest he think it's just a hobby.

I still felt like he thought was I was doing was cute. “Good for you”, he said.

Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash
Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash

He suggested I connect with the technology department at Humber College to see if there were opportunities there for me to work with Humber.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that my income was more than that of a college professor. I don't have aspirations of teaching at a college.

I teach online. There are billions of people in this world who don't have the chance to go to University or college, but still need access to education on various advanced topics. It doesn't need to cost $10K per year and they don't need to take a loan against their house to pay for it.

They are different models. I have immense respect for those teachers who choose to stand at the front of a room and directly impact the future lives of young people. But I impact lives too. I just don't get to meet my students as often. 

I should change that.

 

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