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Members Exchange: Clothing the Emperor instead of Leaping into the Chasm: February 7, 2018

  • 07 Feb 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online meeting info in Registration Confirmation Email [also check your Junk folder] and via email 24 hours prior to event start


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Members Exchange
Clothing the Emperor instead of Leaping into the Chasm

Formulating a response to Susan Dynarski's provocative article "Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help"
 Purpose:  Draft an open letter - Format?  Timing?

Guests and Moderators: Steve Gilbert, Sally Gilbert, Beth Dailey, TLT Group


Formulating a response to "Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help." Purpose:  Draft an open letter - Format?  Timing?

How to avoid leaping into  ...

Many emperors have swallowed the koolaid and donned the over-hyped imaginary, distracting clothes of online courses..

But there are many good alternatives available right now for the emperor,and for the rest of us... and more arriving daily.

Available to those willing and able to see the importance of context, limitations, etc...and who know some of the important questions to ask

Content of Letter:  Context, observations, guidelines based on experience and well-respected research about online courses -  currently realistic options, currently realistic limitations, important variations, important imminent variations, questions to keep in mind as conditions/options continue to change...  a FEW good references, resources


e.g., Must include availability of student support services, resources when designing an online course and when describing the course to prospective students


What kind of “credit”, “certification” associated with an online course?  with the hosting institution?....

Audience for the open letter:  

1.  Faculty and other higher education academic professionals who have had little or no direct experience themselves in teaching, supporting, or being a student in an online course (fully, hybrid, etc.)l AND who are recognized as modestly well-qualified and successful in their roles for at least 1 year as faculty etc.;  AND

2.  They have already read Susan Dynarski's provocative article "Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help", [or they are likely to have read something similar or they are likely to read Dynarski's article or something similar in the near future]  who might easily leap to some inappropriate and wasteful conclusions, make bad decisions, etc.


A.  Letter to those who are merely curious..

B.  Letter to those who are eager/pressed to try an online course or make a policy decision about online courses


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