Forging real connections in virtual classrooms
WBUR - 11/13/2014
“Oh, you teach online classes? They’re a lot easier, right?”
The notion that online courses are inherently lesser than their traditional face-to-face counterparts is a perception that exists outside the classroom, and it’s one I’ve seen among students. There’s trouble from within, too: In a recent survey of 2,799 online instructors and academic technology administrators, Inside Higher Ed found that only a quarter of respondents rated online classes’ results as comparable to their in-class counterparts.
In the face of these somewhat discouraging findings, I throw in my lot with that optimistic minority.