My guess is that most of you don’t remember the televised classes offered by the University of Regina back in the mid-1980’s. I took two of them, and it went like this:
- a television camera was placed in a classroom at the University where a regular class was scheduled (for me it was Psychology 100, and Art History 100)
- in classrooms around the province, (Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Estevan) students would huddle around a television to “watch” the class.
- every one in a while, the Professor would say things like “Moose Jaw – are there any questions?” or “can someone from Yorkton comment?” and then wait for a phone to ring.
- if anyone had a question or comment, they would walk over to the phone on a table, phone the professor in Regina, and ask the question. The prof., who was the only one to hear the question or comment, would hopefully repeat the question and give a decent answer. Follow up questions required a second phone call.
- someone would be there to proctor exams and take in assignments.
Lets just say that Zoom is an infinite improvement….