Equal Promises, Unequal Experiences

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