Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

What is the real reason, according to Matt Crosslin? "It’s all about the power and control. Leaders can’t control their students, faculty, and staff remotely like they can on campus." Now it's true people say online learning is inherently worse. But the research says otherwise: "one of the best sources to look at for research is the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s No Significant Different database." I personally remember this debate playing out for years in the early 2000s before it was finally put to rest. The results of that work are unlikely to be overturned by recent experience.

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