I think part of the problem also is that people come in with vastly different levels of experience. Going with one syllabus like the blue group makes it difficult to balance all of those needs at once. That’s why I prefer to still have classes, but make them much more interrelated. This allows flexibility for where people are starting from. Though yes, it is valuable to go over the basics. It’s also useful to work on new things to maintain growth in that direction too.
Right now, it seems possible to give students one on one interaction because there aren’t so many. But once there are more and more, the ability to provide one on one interaction is difficult. Though I think it’s ideal to have, because we all know how useful it is to have someone helping us see the lessons in our life. It’s helpful to have someone who knows us well enough to know when we’re only looking at the surface issue, or when we’re ignoring the same message over and over again.
Perhaps we can balance that need with some of the other ideas like a rotating roster for the chat, or through more instant messaging. Or to have instructors meeting with students occasionally while they take a class so there is that one on one interaction for a short time. It’s something I’ll have to think about.