Cause for Optimism: Engaging in a Vital Conversation About Online Learning
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This commentary responds to the suggestion that we can humanize online university education through the design decisions we make about it. It offers several reasons why the suggestion may be unrealistic, given that choice in online course design is increasingly narrowed by the prevalence of relatively powerless part-time instructors, student preference for convenient online offerings, and the use of learning management systems. However, if our design decisions are constrained, it becomes all the more important that we engage in critical conversations about what we gain and lose when technology is used to automate or mediate university education.
KeywordsOnline learning E-learning Educational technology University education
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