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    Question New Online Teaching Format, Opinions?

    Suddenly there are these online workshops/classes popping up that are basically an online video you can purchase for a week or so and then it's gone.

    What do you guys think? As a teacher? As a student?

    As a teacher, would you rather do this than make a DVD instead? And why?

    And students, wouldn't you prefer to have a DVD you can watch at home as often as you want and not worry it will be gone after a week?

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    As a teacher it seems like too much work for too little reward.

    As a student, I would much rather either do skype (which approximates a live class in a lot of respects) or have the dvd. Live streaming has turned me off a few instructors I've been looking into online classes with because - for example - if I'm sick for a week, I'm out my money. There's much more to it than that but I'd rather just buy a dvd or organise a private lesson (physical or skype) than go with the live streaming model because I won't get my money's worth from it, no matter the cost. Even if it's free I'd still go to vimeo or youtube for lessons because at least I can recap them later on if I need to!
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    I know I've stated in other threads that I much prefer purchasing the DVD rather than using online classes because my internet is rather unstable and can go down for days at a time. Even when its up, I have periods where it slows down to a crawl or fades in and out all night. I can only do things that use a fair bit of bandwidth between 10PM and 6 AM which are not the optimum times to view and use an on-line dance class. Furthermore, when I have the DVD, I can go back and review it as much as I desire.

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    I am totally not interested in online classes, live in person classes, or DVDs that you can return to whenever you wish. I suppose an online class is an alternative for anyone who is out of reach of a class, but other than that I honestly don't see the point.
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    I prefer DVDs.. it dosent sound so reliable as a chinese,does it?
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    I prefer DVDs too, you can use them for years on end Skype lessons don't seem to bad to me when you have a good connection and good web cam.

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    At least with the skype model you're still getting real-time technique correction, which is very important.

    I find it very hard to learn only from video, so one week with a video I've paid for before it disappears is going to frustrate me no end. I do hope that if the model doesn't die a death that at least makers will still sell full-price dvds along side them because otherwise they've lost me as a customer. And those of you who have seen my ever-growing collection know just how much weight that comment has!

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    There was a streaming video I was tempted to get (because of the topic) but I'm busy and don't like that fact that after one week, it will be gone. DVD or forget it.

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    I've been giving this some thought and I can see a possible use for renting the on-line lessons if there is also the DVD copy available. It could give a potential customer a chance to see if the material is something they want to add to their libraries. A way of previewing all the material first. I know that sometimes, youtube clips do not give the whole picture.

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    Who has the videos only available for one week?

    Actually, can we list who is now doing online video instruction? I know we had a thread on it before, but there are a lot more players now.

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