Let’s End the War Between Online and On-campus Instruction
Open the way for research on the educational consequences of collaboration between virtual and face-to-face learning, Robert Ubell argues.
- Robert Ubell for Inside Higher Ed March 22nd, 2017
- Source: https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2017/03/22/end-war-between-online-and-campus-instruction
In the last few weeks, two new studies, one by WCET and another by Caroline Hoxby, reported that online instruction is not only more expensive than face-to-face teaching, but also that it's a poor investment compared with in-person education.
These and other studies are not only seriously flawed, but the fact is that digital and face-to-face learning are not fundamentally at odds. Despite what many believe, online and on-campus classes have been joined at the hip for years. Consider that at most schools, every course—whether online or on campus—must now post syllabuses on every class website.