As I’m writing this, I’m not at my home office or even at my favorite coffee shop, where using the Internet is tried and true. Instead, I’m in a guest bedroom at my in-laws’ home, where we’re staying for a bit on vacation. The wireless Internet works, but there’s an annoying glitch: I can receive but not send e-mails. I’ve already spent too much time trying to figure out what’s wrong.
That’s why I admire online learners. Technology can be frustrating and unpredictable. Online students must have the patience not to want to stomp on their laptop when they can’t get connected to their class discussion or are facing an assignment deadline and need to log onto the school website.