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.]