Cheap online course delivery means you’re doing it wrong: Reed

April 15, 2019

“Good online courses—of the sort that most of us would be willing to accept as equivalent to traditional classes—are not cheaper” to deliver than in-person courses, writes Matt Reed. The reason, the author argues, is that the vast majority of the value of a university course comes from instructor/student interaction. “Professors need to be able to grade papers, respond to student queries, adapt instructional materials, and maintain accessibility far beyond what they would for a classroom course,” Reed states, adding that human labour in PSE is not as scalable as many would like to believe. Reed also notes that online courses do not cost less from an infrastructure perspective, either, as the cost of classroom maintenance is traded for the cost of additional IT support. Inside Higher Ed (International)