A professor's perspective on the value of continuing and distance education
Letter to the Editor
Re: “Going the distance for a degree”
Thank you for publishing Lindy Mechefske’s informative and timely article on Continuing and Distance Studies (CDS). To the positive impressions described by the students, I would like to add mine as an instructor.
The study of physics is often considered a hardship (at least by the students). Yet, my experience teaching the only correspondence course in Physics with CDS has been a pleasure.
Although it could be conceived as harder to convey scientific ideas (and a sense of humour) by correspondence, it can be done—and, close to us, the U of T and Cornell have had impressive results.
I also found the CDS staff, and in particular Wilma Fernetich, most helpful and astute at devising ways to entice the curious (and young) mind to work hard for more than just a good mark.
Until I read this article I wasn't aware of the long history of CDS at Queen's. I appreciate all the more being part of its future.
Dr. Boris Castel
Professor Emeritus (Physics)