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Mike Edelson
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Distance learning

Postby Mike Edelson » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:11 am

On the first con-call after the new elections we approved a motion to create a HEMA Alliance distance learning program in which instructors would volunteer to accept distance students who are memebrs of the alliance free of charge.

To help facilitate this, I want to share an experience I just had with the head of my California branch. Today we tried to do a live training session over Skype, and it went surprisingly well. I had a laptop set up outside and he had one in his garage and it felt almost like I was there in person. I could show things, correct things, etc. The only thing I couldn't do was make contact to move his sword, position him correctly,etc. So in that respect it's harder, but surprisingly not by much.

I really think a distance learning program over skype or other video conferencing software could work and do a lot for spreading knowledge to remote groups without access to established instructors or formal training.
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Re: Distance learning

Postby Jake Norwood » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:31 am

Mike,

First off--awesome. We've talked about doing this for years, but you're the first official Alliance rep I know of to have actually done it. We need to formalize this system and get it running!

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Re: Distance learning

Postby Mike Edelson » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:48 am

Great! I'd like to volunteer as a distance instructor. I have limited time, but I can set some aside.
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Re: Distance learning

Postby Michael-Forest » Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:50 pm

I've thought about this, too, but wondered how difficult it would be to see, instruct, and work through stuff. I'd love to hear more.
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Re: Distance learning

Postby william_cain_iii » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:05 pm

This sounds like a whole bunch of win!
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Re: Distance learning

Postby Mike Edelson » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:05 pm

The thing that surprised me is that I actually forgot that he (Matt Hagan) was not there next to me. I mean I knew it consciously, but I acted as though he were, and one time I wanted to show him something related to distance and I almost said, "Okay come over here for a sec and stand next to me." :)

This was despite repositionoing of camera, squinting against the sun, etc. As I said, it was surprisingly effective.
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Re: Distance learning

Postby RJ McKeehan » Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:54 pm

That is EXCELLENT news. I know the rapier study group of Kron is looking to set up a long distance session with someone.
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Re: Distance learning

Postby Richard Marsden » Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:23 pm

Very nice idea.

I can assist perhaps. Our group uses powerpoints, has written works, and are considering video as well. This may be of use in distance-learning. Meanwhile student videos can be uploaded and used. Not quite as immediate as a 1 on 1 skype, but perhaps of use to a distance-learning program. Happy to help if needed.

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Re: Distance learning

Postby jose_ortiz » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:17 pm

Hi,

Probably I m the only HEMAA member here in Puerto Rico. For us this kind of initiative is uber awesome.....for my friends and I is really difficult to find actual instruction. We don t have previous experience on modern fencing, much less historical european martial arts. We are slowly starting a study group here and we would be alwys in dire need of instruction.

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Re: Distance learning

Postby John P » Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:53 pm

Hey José do you have the ability to put up videos on youtube? I have gotten a lot of good advice on technique form folks on this forum in response to videos I have put up.


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