Terrestrial vs On-Line Courses
I believe that the classical style of education is more effective than all of the new fangled methods which tend to defer to the lowest common denominator. I’m not saying that the lowest common denominator is useless, but that s/he is probably more suited to learning something else and probably in a different way, rather than being forced to study something which s/he neither wants, has a talent for, nor any future necessity to learn.
That being said, we must focus upon what is most desirable to us and so ultimately what is going to be the most useful for us to know. The useful arts and sciences are always going to be the easiest to understand, learn and remember, even if tremendously complicated on the surface; and therefore a systematic classical system of learning is always going to be the most desirable methodology for logical intelligent students and frustrating for others.
Plato and Aristotle had this fundamental difference in what is the best learning method, and consequently established their own institutions to educate individuals in their own inimitable way. Over the past 2,000 years, Plato’s institution, the Academy, has presided over education because there was no necessity to be able to read and write, but only the necessity to mimic the teacher, and so put into practice what was taught. On the other hand Aristotle’s institution, the Lyceum, required that the student should discuss concepts during the class, and make notes on what was decided at the end, in a cool and logical manner. A series of questions and answers at the end of the class confirmed that the student remembered what they had understood and were therefore ready and able to put into practice what had been learned. To summarise then, Plato is monkey see, monkey do. And Aristotle is monkey understand, monkey do. The two methods do not produce quite the same kind of person at the end of the day and they produce very different kinds of citizens too, one obedient, and the other a free thinker.
The courses run at Media Courses tend to follow the latter methodology so that students are able to discuss what they have learned rather than blindly follow the dictates of the teacher and so be obligated to do a series of new CPD type course updates to be taught new methods and equipment on how to use this new technology with the new context. Media Courses attempts to encourage the student to be able to analyse the new technology and be able to UNDERSTAND what and why the new technology is useful to them. This negates the necessity to do update courses, but only the necessity to proceed systematically and logically with the new ideology. I’m not saying one institution is better than the other, because different people require to be educated in dramatically different ways. It is always more economical to be able to work out how to proceed on your own, rather than having to be taught how to proceed, but some students need to be taught step by step.
Our new course the YouTube TV Presenter Intensive, encapsulates the classical methodology of Aristotle’s Lyceum enabling the student to understand what to do with new information (or the new technology of the YouTube TV Channel) and how to use it to help promote their business, service or art, which is really useful if you are hoping to succeed in your endeavours!