I have personally and professionally gained almost as much knowledge gaining new friends and colleagues as I have being IN the classroom. Being around people that are going through the very same things I am going through helps me learn faster and more productively.
All that being said, I do applaud Dr. Burns' ability to go beyond her comfort zone and learn new technologies. The use of Elluminate Live by Dr. Burns and her team shows that I need to be getting out of MY comfort zone and trying new things.
Is Elluminate Live the end all? No, but this technology has enabled all of us to keep our class together, moving forward, and all within the comforts of our won homes! I like the fact that I did not have to install anything new on my wife's computer. I like the fact that for two and a half hours a week I am connected to all my peers, my mentors, and my professor.....Dr. Burns, thank you for trying new technologies!