We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Given that a U can select the best recorded lectures and demonstrations and present those forever, the value-added comes in the hands-on parts (labs, etc) and in the personal guidance and feedback from the instructors. I wonder if we'll drift over to the Oxford model. (I understand Oxford moved to the American model years ago--more efficient in churning out degrees.)
the value-added comes in the hands-on parts (labs, etc) and in the personal guidance and feedback from the instructors
Amen, brother! At my university I'm converting courses from old school lectures to fully online, and struggling heartily with the guidance and feedback issues. Most instructors have little experience in the online world (no Internet when we were kids), but it can be done. There are a few experts out there helping us learn the ropes. One thing that's probably coming, due to the time demands that come from online interaction, is a widening gap between research faculty (funded by grants) and teaching faculty (funded by tuition).
My younger daughter graduated from University of Central Florida about 7 years ago. Her first semester, all her classes but one were on-line. It made me wonder why the heck we were paying room and board.
I suspect course prices won't drop much, if at all, even though the cost of delivering courses (see Hillsdale College's free courses) is nil.
Very poor piece, and me being a proud ASU alumnus and Sun Devil!
It was all about being cheery among his peers. "Don't embrace the 'let them fail' mindset." "Diversity is Higher Ed's strength!" Yet he's grown ASU enrollment with no regard that it's a zero sum game, and other institutions will suffer b/c of that. Not to mention no real insight as to what to do now.
Meanwhile, there is no acknowledgement that Higher Ed's purpose is to improve the economy. So those whose outcomes are shaped by low-income can see their lot improved along with the rest of society. However, this patient altruism is rarely accepted, and hints of Higher Ed's penchant and preference for cheating to equalize outcomes is not addressed, but one infers Crow supports it.
In the end, it's really a pat on his own back, as he simply points out that he went digital early and big, and it paid off better than expected. Not really any evaluation of how that fares, any guidance for those institutions who are behind, nor further insight for the future.
This is the nonsense that passes for scholarship these days.
I see no--non--no comments or remarks to the issue of grading. ASU passes everyone. End of story. They take in everyone--they graduate with diploma everyone. You guys have known this for years. On another facebook page, or website, he brags about lifting up everyone by giving everyone an exposure to the information. This makes him a better person--being non judgmental and all that!
Texas A&M, the nation’s largest university, is using a mix of traditional on-line and in-classroom teaching, with (I think) a maximum of 50 students per class, and masks and social distancing. As a result, classes will start at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.