I have read in the papers recently that there is an increasing number of lectures by educational institutions being made available online for global learners. This move is applauded by some for the opportunities given to learners to learn from lecturers worldwide without having to enroll in every educational institution. The existence of online lectures has clearly exemplified the fact that knowledge should be shared and distributed, and not kept within the confines of a limited few.
However, there are others who feel that we should not make celebrities out of educationists and academics since from the early ages, the educational sector has often been considered as a noble rather than a glamorous profession. It is probably along this line of thought that there are still some individuals who disagree with the increased availability of online lectures.
Regardless of the outcome of this argument, it’s almost an undeniable fact that online lectures are here to stay. Most educational institutions are already providing online lectures to their on-campus students. Making it available globally is merely a step away, but it is a difficult step to make due to disagreements among both the academics and the public. Rather ironic, it may seem.
Personally, I feel that knowledge should be shared and not kept within the limited few. With online lectures, anyone with online access will be able to learn something. Of course, this does not encompass the world since there are still a substantial number of countries with minimal or no internet access. Still, the number of online learners still outnumbers the number of learners within an educational institution who is releasing online lectures.
Online lectures provide knowledge to students and enable them to learn from worldwide professionals and academics. In addition, educationists are also able to learn teaching techniques from such lecture presentations. Although we can’t entirely mimic the posture or demeanour of another, there are certain presentation techniques to engage the audiences that are transferable. It is through this techniques that we can learn from our mentors.
In the past, books have been made available for the elites in society and this has resulted in the containment of knowledge within certain groups. With the availability of online lectures, we can prevent history from repeating itself again.
In my opinion, knowledge is meant to be shared, not retained.