In my opinion, the future of education will be more in the form of virtual courses. This type of education is more accessible to most people as it is cheaper, breaks the barriers of distance and facilitates the adjustment of schedules among other reasons. However, as it is mentioned in Haefner’s (2000) article, the most adequate type of virtual education is the one that embraces synchronous and asynchronous modes of information exchange. This provides learners with a variety of opportunities to express ideas, come to agreements and thus generate new knowledge. If courses focus on only one mode, students will get bored and discouraged due to the lack of variety, appropriate and timely feedback and interaction. Therefore, the ideal course would be the one in which the student can interact in real time, but also the one in which he/she can devote time to think and reflect so as to prepare high quality contributions to the learning community.
Haefner,Joel. (2000). The Importance of Being Synchronous. Academic. Writing. Retrieved from http://wac.colostate.edu/aw/teaching/haefner2000.htm