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Will online classes make professors extinct?
News from CNN:
- David Wheeler: Tenure-track full-time professors are an endangered species
- Wheeler: Blame it on the fervor for large-scale online education initiatives
- He says colleges are embracing online courses for cost-cutting reasons
- Wheeler: But in the long term they could destroy America’s higher education system
Editor’s note: David R. Wheeler lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is a freelance writer and a journalism professor at Asbury University. Follow him on Twitter @David_R_Wheeler
(CNN) — I’m one of the lucky ones. I landed a tenure-track job at a liberal arts college, a position that offers lots of personal interaction through teaching and advising. I get to bond with my students not only in the classroom, but also on nature retreats, at…………… continues on CNN
UF to host online learning conference to kick off pioneering effort in digital …
News from University of Florida:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida adds four-year programs to its online course offerings in January, the Office of the Provost and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will kick off this pioneering effort in digital education with a conference Dec. 3 – 4 in University Auditorium.
Leaders from around the nation and faculty and administrators from UF and other State University System schools will gather to engage in a substantive discussion about new technologies and ways they can be deployed to strengthen the learning experience of students. Issues surrounding online education from delivery platforms to student engagement to intellectual property will also be addressed.
Will Weatherford, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will offer a luncheon address on Dec. 4. Weatherford, a champion of the legislation that mandated the online track at UF, will discuss the impetus behind the expanded funding for online education by the Florida Legislature.
“We are looking to set UF Online apart from other online learning experiences by employing innovative teaching frameworks,” said Joe Glover, UF provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “It is critical that faculty be involved in the development of curriculum…………… continues on University of Florida