Though I cook like a chemist in the kitchen (measuring everything exactly) I would rather not take a Chemistry course online and try to do experiments in my kitchen. I do think there are online tools for doing experiments that might be costly, explosive, or excessively repetitive. I wouldn't negate these.
I am taking an online methodology course to become an online English instructor. I think many of the core courses taught in highschool that offer online options are an excellent way to teach the diverse learning. As an outgoing person, I really thrive on the live action in a class, but I think that most classes can be taught online--I think what is most important is to figure out what type of learners we are. The collaborative process is what is the tricky part online, so if a class that usually has labs where students work in teams that would present a challenge. For me, math would not be a good class to learn online since I need the interaction.
Fascinating! You have a very good point. First one has to figure out what kind of a learner one is. Some can be disciplined enough to learn online and some need that face2face attention.
I think English classes, at least the written side can be very effectively taught online. Writing, yes! Literature, yes! Presentations, less so but development of multimedia materials could be used in online courses. And using the Thinkfinity groups and documents for collaboration works for me.
What about English as a foreign language or any foreign language for that matter? I could learn to read it. I could learn to write it. I could listen to audio to get my pronunciation. Could I learn to interact verbally with another person? I'm not so sure.
As for math, hmmm....being a math teacher I come from the perspective that a flipped classroom can provide serious instruction with small group collaboration in a face2face environment.
Back to your original premise though, first you have to know what kind of a learner you are. I totally agree.
For me, I have difficulty as an online facilitator and participant when the numbers become too large and there are too many people for meaningful collaboration which is a crucial element to the online experience. Reading some of the other examples also got me thinking about a course I recently took in cake decorating. It was very technique driven and I'm certain with the right demonstration videos and/or webcam ability we might have even been able to do this learning online. I'll tell you it would have been a huge time saver and less hassle working in my own kitchen with my tools instead of packing it all up and hauling it to class each week:-)