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NYC Universities Dive Into Online Education, but the Water is Murky

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Cheating or Studying?

by Elbert Chu



New York City is usually known to be the trend setter, but in online classes at schools of higher education, they’ve been lagging. MIT, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon have been blazing an online trail for years, and now schools in the Big Apple want their bite of e-learning as well. Village Voice reporter Patrick Arden has a great piece covering Columbia, NYU, and Pace’s attempts to overcome online education obstacles. And the hurdles are daunting: Higher dropout rates (see piece on Community College study), difficulty enforcing honesty (just one of many challenges for faculty), and lack of personal attention are among the issues.

Why you should read it

Good summary of the challenges New York colleges must overcome, but issues are relevant nationwide. Article discusses hopeful solutions to some of the issues, particularly utilizing a hybrid model for the problem of high dropout rates. Arden writes:

The Columbia studies did find one bright spot: Hybrid classes, which mix learning on the Web with some classroom time, have much better success rates than online-only courses, though they still fall a bit short of complete face-to-face instruction. “You can’t teach everything fully online,” Jenkins says. “Being one-on-one with my students adds something to the class. Over the next two to three years, my plan is to move to hybrids, roughly half online, half face-to-face.”


Full article at Village Voice.


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