Equal Promises, Unequal Experiences

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Apr 15, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Students from an online Master's degree course are suing because "the program doesn’t live up to its promise of being designed for an online setting and not a physical classroom." It's a textbook case of how not to deliver online instruction: "the 'content' mostly consisted of scanned-in PDFs of textbooks (with blurry pages and sentences cut off) and PowerPoint slides taken from the in-class courses, without any narration or explication." And to rub salt in the wound, "At an estimated $33,300, the online program is about $4,000 more expensive than the face-to-face program." Cash grab.

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