Time to figure out high-quality online education

May 19, 2010 at 8:55 am 2 comments

Dean Edley (below) is right.  Online education is not high quality today.  It is time for the big name Universities to figure out how to do it right, how to get it perceived as being high-quality.  I see the value in the open source education movement, but the real trick is turning that into credentialed degree programs that will be recognized as high-quality.

“Somebody is going to figure out how to deliver online education for credit and for degrees in the quality sector—i.e., in the elite sector,” said Christopher Edley Jr., dean at Berkeley’s law school and the plan’s most prominent advocate. “I think it ought to be us—not MIT, not Columbia, not Caltech, certainly not Stanford.”

But UC’s ambitions face a series of obstacles. The system has been slow to adopt online instruction despite its deep connections to Silicon Valley. Professors hold unusually tight control over the curriculum, and many consider online education a poor substitute for direct classroom contact. As a result, courses could take years to gain approval.

via In Crisis, U. of California Outlines a Grand and Controversial Online Learning Plan – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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