My Bias Toward the Oral


I'm arguing that we need to explore the value of incorporating face-to-face, oral communication in some distance education courses. If physical meetings on campus are not possible, then perhaps video conferencing can provide a viable substitute. 

I'm not arguing that all courses need an oral component; I am suggesting that some students may not succeed withoug the immediacy of face-to-face interaction in a writing course. For this reason, I've been reluctant to give up the oral in my teaching. Students I have worked with at open admissions institutions need the time to practice speaking as a segue to writing; they thrive on face-to-face interaction; and they need considerable coaching and confirmation as they proceed through a course.