George posted the above stimulating question in the forum http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/moodle/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=1155
Though we seem to have overcome the space problem by communicating or connecting asynchronously or synchronously via e-chat, forum, Elluminate or Ustream, Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Slidewares, blogs, wikis, and various web resources etc, we could hardly read or learn through the sense of “smell, touch or body language etc of other human, animals or artefacts” in e-learning or e-connection.
So, the sensory-motor skills and affective domains would not be easily addressed in e-learning.
That may account for the difficulties in teaching and learning of those related skills on the web. Actual outdoor games and activities are important in the building of physical and mental health (i.e. the knowledge of physical and mental well being). Perhaps connectivism could provide theories, knowledge and principles in certain disciplines, leaving the skills to be practised by the learner.
Typical examples that require motor and sensory skills include: cooking, swimming, driving and gymnastics.
I have “learnt” how to cook some dishes by watching Youtube, but have to actually practise in order to make a delicious meal. Watch this video on Youtube on cooking the crab
Can you smell the crab?
Perhaps, you need actual piping to connect the smell.
Have you thought of any ways in overcoming those limitations cited above? I am sure that there are always innovative ways to teach and learn the affective and sensory-motor skills, via connectivism. Suggestions?