Online Learning Is Like Online Theater

So we went to the theater last night (driven all the way to St. Louis by yours truly, I might add.) And as I was watching the play, I imagined what it would feel like to watch the same play online.

Obviously, I’d get what the play was about and know what the actors looked like. But the entire experience of dressing up, driving there, being at the theater, feeling festive and anticipating the show, being surrounded by other theater lovers, being close to the actors, observing everything in a way no camera can replicate, experiencing the collective surge of emotions during the play, leaving the theater with other spectators, brought together by the shared experience of seeing the play, feeling slightly off-kilter as we reintegrated into the reality outside of the theater – none of that could even remotely be replicated by watching the play on a computer screen.

Everybody should get a chance to see a real play. Everybody should get a chance to be in a real classroom. Computer technology can be put to a multitude of wonderful uses. Let’s not use it to segregate.

3 thoughts on “Online Learning Is Like Online Theater

    1. I don’t get it either. Theater is magic. I can’t wait for our opera season to open. Last summer I wasn’t feeling too good but this summer I’m definitely going.


  1. My favorite theater experience was watching the Tempest in the reconstructed Globe Theater in London. I was down in the plebe’s section, which meant standing through the whole play – I thought there was no way I could possibly make it, especially after walking around seeing the sites all day. But the whole thing was so magical that I stood awestruck the whole time.


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