Why Faculty Still Don’t Want to Teach Online

Robert Ubell, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 13, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Online learning is a lot more convenient for students, offers potential cost savings for institutions and public education systems, and often offers a superior learning experience thanks to the affordances learning technology offers. Yet one of the major roadblocks to implementing online learning, one of the major roadblocks to all the socio-economic benefits more equitable access to higher education offers, are the professors themselves. And the resistors are - quite frankly - quacks. As the story notes, "professors with the deepest resistance are those with the least familiarity with digital instruction," and "solid research over many years has failed to support the overwhelming negative attitudes that most faculty members hold toward virtual learning." If I did the same thing, the academics would be all over my case. But because they're professors.... ooo-ooo-ooooooo

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