New Questions about Online Learning (26 February 2012)

Some recent articles and studies raise serious questions about the uses of online learning in college and university (updated 4 May 2013):

Editorial.  “The Trouble With Online College.”  New York Times.  18 Feb. 2013.

Kahlenberg, Richard D.  “Profs in the Cloud: The perils and promise of online learning.” Washington Monthly, May/June 2013.  [Review of William G. Bowen, Higher Education in the Digital Age (Princeton UP, 2013).]

Kittel, Jason. “The Real Digital Change Agent.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 Mar. 2013.

Lennett, Benjamin, and Danielle Kehl. “Data Caps Could Dim Online Learning’s Bright Future.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 Mar. 2013.

New, Jake.  “Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 Feb. 2013. [Discusses Xu and Jaggars]

“An Open Letter to Professor Michael Sandel From the Philosophy Department at San Jose State U.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 May 2013.  See also “Michael Sandel Responds,”  Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 May 2013.

Xu, Di, and Shanna Smith Jaggars.  “Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas.”  Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.  February 2013.

Distressing Developments Section:

Castellanos, Dalina, and Larry Gordon. “California bill would promote statewide online college courses.” LA Times, 14 March 2013.  [“The legislation calls for development of 50 online classes as potential substitutes for the hard-to-get core courses required for graduation at UC, Cal State and community colleges.”]

Markoff, John.  “New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level.”  New York Times.  4 April 2013.

Rivard, Ry.  “Taking on Accreditors and Faculty.”  Inside Higher Ed, 11 April 2013. [re: legislation being considered in Florida to require that universities grant credit for  MOOCs etc.]

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