Dr. Curtis Bonk, professor of education at Indiana University and author of The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education describes several ways that an online learning environment can benefit the 'quiet' student:
- Online learning allows the student time to think and compose a thoughtful response.
- Students who are slow to respond may simply be giving other students the opportunity to go first. Online learning allows them to do this and still have the chance to be heard when they are ready.
- Online learning allows those students who strive for perfection the time to refine their ideas before they are shared therefore taking some of the stress out of the activity.
- An online class is a safe environment to share ideas because they can be edited unlike a face-to-face class in which once something has been said it cannot be taken back.
- Creative expression can be amplified by tools available on the Web. Students are free to share their ideas through different formats.
- Instructors have access to an abundant variety of course resources through open education that can supply the students with an academic space rich in video, audio, and pictorial resources instead of allowing text to be the predominate delivery method. (May 3, 2013, Quiet: Susan Cain on Introverted Students).
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts.com
- Tempting the lurkers out of the shadows of online learning, Paul Donovan
- A Heartfelt Note from a Humanities MOOC Professor, cchung90, Charlies Blog [this post highlights the value of online discussions].
- Six Ways Introverts Can be more Powerful, Susan Adams, Forbes.com
- The 'Quiet" Online Student: What it Means and How Educators Can Respond, Online Learning Insights blog, July 16, 2013