Advantages of Online Learning

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Cory Olcott is the dean of sophomore class, director of student activities, and an English instructor at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. One of Cory Olcott’s professional interests is online learning.

Online learning comes with several benefits, including enhanced class discussions. Online courses usually include discussion forums in which students must participate. Gaining knowledge and understanding of classmates’ views is one aspect of the discussion board. During an in-person class, it sometimes can be hard to ascertain the views of an introverted student who does not speak up during discussions. This person may express themselves more openly in an online setting.

Online classes also help with the development of virtual communication skills. As individuals interact online, it’s quite easy for students misunderstand the tone the other person is trying to project, given a lack of facial expressions, vocal intonation, and gestures. With experience, however, students can learn to effectively communicate via online platforms.

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Cory Olcott

After years of teaching while coaching sports teams in California, Cory Olcott moved across the country to enroll in Harvard University's School Leadership Program, where he will earn his license to serve as a school administrator. While attending this program, Olcott also works as a Principal Intern at TechBoston Academy, where he observes teachers in the classroom and provides evaluations and feedback to help them improve their methods. Cory Olcott began his professional career as an English teacher, where he jump-started in-school water polo programs and helped lead one of his first teams to a 29-1 record. As Olcott changed schools over his career, he continued to serve various water polo clubs and programs as a coach. In three seasons as the head water polo coach at Palo Alto High School, Cory Olcott helped five players receive scholarships to Division I programs, while six of his players were honored as Academic All-Americans. Through his studies at Harvard University, Olcott is expanding on his knowledge of education through classes that prepare him for the administrative duties of running a school, including financial strategies, fundraising considerations, and leadership ethics. He is expected to earn his principal licensure in the summer of 2012. Cory Olcott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Outside of work, Olcott enjoys swimming, running, skiing, exploring New England, and spending time with his son and daughter. He is a Co-Chair of the Northwestern 20th Reunion Committee and is a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Council.

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