Sunday, March 16, 2008

Is online music education here to stay?

People are often surprised to hear that part of my job as a music professor has been to teach online.

I suspect is quite possible that will start to become part of the job of most professors in the future.



Second Life
, a popular Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE), is increasingly being used for virtual education, most notably by Harvard University:

http://secondlife.com/


Even Harvard University’s Law School is offering an online course:

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cyberone/


The SimTeach website provides detailed information regarding how teaching works in an online environment:

http://www.simteach.com/



Here are a few of my recent publications on this topic:

  • Hebert, D. G. (2008). “Reflections on Teaching the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music Online,” International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, Vol. 39, No. 1 (pp.93-103).

*Update (8/14/08) The Music Education Technology Network is a useful new resource for academic exchange in this area:
http://musiceducationtechnology.ning.com/


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