My Trouble With Mark Edmundson's
Trouble With Online Education
Thinking about my own personal affection for some of those lectures, I found the central question from last Thursday's New York Times op-ed from University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson so interesting:
... Can online education ever be education of the very best sort?
Edmundson argues that it cannot be.
, the immediacy of a classroom lecture hall can not be brought online because:
I get where Edmundson
is coming from in setting this model up as the ideal.
It was at this point in the article that I realized my troubles with Mark Edmundson's
"The Trouble With Online Education."
There is No "Education of the Very Best Sort"
to claim that there is an ideal classroom for learning in today's world strikes me as misguided and a bit elitist.
maintains the college lecture model as the ideal, online education has been pushing the envelope over the last ten years to create more and better personalized learning for students, giving students choice in instruction, format, time, learning needs, learning styles, and more.
Students have greater choice and control over what and how they learn, and greater variety of course work from which to choose.
gives high importance to the immediacy of the classroom.