But as TechCrunch comments:
Unfortunately, there’s no good way to compare the quality of offline to online degrees. Schools and unions are still in a heated debate over how to measure the quality of existing teachers, largely because we still don’t know how to measure learning. “Children are educated and learn over a period of time, but we have this notion that children are to make a year’s growth for every year they’re in school,” said Paul Heckman, UC Davis’ Associate Dean of Education. “This is —a problem, because children do not develop in nine-month chunks except during gestation.”
The convenience of online education is hard to downplay. My students are often glad to take some courses online, especially for core curriculum requirements; one less class to worry about being late for. As a teacher, I don’t think that online courses can ever be a real substitute for traditional classes where I have face-to-face interaction with students. But I do know that, thanks to email and social media tools, it is certainly possible to communicate and interact with students about coursework and it’s hard to argue about the flexibility that online courses offer.
But are teachers trained online ready for the real world of the classroom?
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