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Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …
News from Forbes:
Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students. Textbook companies like Pearson PLC are beginning to standardize these classes by designing online courses and selling them to different universities. These courses, with less labor from professors, promise a more efficient delivery of content to the student and therefore represent a threat to professors, especially adjuncts. After all, what is the point of having instructors in the classroom if a computer can teach everything? But there’s no reason to think that these classes will completely replace instructors. While some adjunct professors will lose their jobs, instructors will still be necessary. Thanks to the increases in productivity from the standardized online course, they will be able to teach more with less labor, and the improved efficiency of teaching can greatly benefit the students.
It’s important to note that most professors will be relatively unaffected by the standardization: many classes can’t be standardized or even taught online. Humanities courses and upper-level courses (regardless of subject) simply can’t be prepackaged,…………… continues on Forbes
Ohio State ranks in top 10 for distance learning education
News from OSU – The Lantern:
Ohio State is striving to bring the academic experience of sitting in a lecture hall to the digital classrooms of its online courses, and its placement among some of the top 10 online programs shows evidence of progress.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” report, ranking OSU tied for eighth.
OSU currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students, Office of the Chief Information Officer spokeswoman Katharine Keune said in an email.
Rob Griffiths, senior director of digital scholarship for ODEE, said OSU’s online program is successful because it offers online students similar content to what is taught in on-campus courses, but presents it using…………… continues on OSU – The Lantern