I came across this article and I wonder what the professor thinks about this!

72% Of Professors Who Teach Online Courses Don’t Think Their Students Deserve Credit

GREGORY FERENSTEIN

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This is not a good sign for online education: 72 percent of professors who have taught Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don’t believe that students should get official college credit, even if they did well in the class. More importantly, these are the professors who voluntarily took time to teach online courses, which means the actual number of professors who discount the quality of MOOCs is probably much (much) higher. The survey reveals the Grand Canyon-size gap between the higher-education establishment and the coalition of tech companies and lawmakers that are mandating college credit for online courses.

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Source:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/22/72-of-professors-who-teach-online-courses-dont-think-their-students-deserve-credit/

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6 thoughts on “I came across this article and I wonder what the professor thinks about this!

  1. I believe the percentage of students that work full time and go to these courses is probably very high too. It is very hard to keep up with school when you work fulltime

  2. Here Here!! what does an online professor think of this? I would also like to know what schools those professors taught at, and what their own backgrounds were? What is the credence or reliability of that survey? Why are they teaching if that’s what they believe, is it simply because it’s a job and ‘in-residence’ teaching jobs are not available? I find this hard to believe.

  3. MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) do not compare to what a brick and mortar school offers in an online forum. National classes for me have averaged around 17 students per session where an MOOC class according to the article can range from 10,000-50,000 per class, I would agree with the survey that it would be difficult to grant credit for these types of courses, earlier in the class we saw a TED video on a class in the “Cloud” should the kids that finally passed an exam after many attempts and repeatedly watching the same video get Stanford credit for watching the videos? Assuming Stanford was behind the research. I would say no.

  4. The quality of the course is and should be graded by the student. Some in academia are prone to control, even if a TA teaches more than 50% of their material. Quite frankly I would be in the minority here. The student will get what he wants. the professor will teach what is required and if he/she is worth their salt, they will share experiences and research with all their students. I believe that ‘knowledge is power’ and we must share to advance as a society/industry.

  5. The online education system has a large number of students who cannot attend the school physically due to work and other reasons. In the online courses the same knowledge is transferred from the professors to the students and the exams are conducted as per the accreditation standards. Through the online courses and digital media , the students can equally learn as much as the students who physically attend lectures. The online courses with practical field experience prepares the students to gain a better understanding of the topics.

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