- How can you possibly respond to 100,000 students?
- How do you grade that many papers or exams?
- How can you give immediate feedback to that many people?
- What kind of rigor is involved?
- How could it possibly match up to a real university course?
- That kind of course couldn't possibly be personalized, can it?
- A discussion board for 100,000 students has to be a nightmare to monitor, even if you split then into groups.
- So how do students interact with each other?
- How can these courses use active learning strategies?
- Do people really learn demonstrable skills from these things?
Any of those your questions, too? Before you decide that such a large online course is just a watch-this-do-that endeavor, watch this presentation by Daphne Koller, Stanford professor and founder of Coursera. I found it very enlightening.
So now, do I fear for the future of online programs here at WVU? No. There's still the value of a degree from an accredited university. But I expect Coursera and it's cousins will definitely have an impact as we go forward.