Is online learning creating two classes of educated people? Only as long as society continues to place higher value on elite universities, argues OrgTheory.net. This post further argues that the “average” student doesn’t want specialised training; instead, they join higher education to get basic vocational instruction, which they can get online. The problem with online learning is connected to off-line socio-economic relations, as is the case with face-to-face learning. As one commenter points out, teaching people how to learn is difficult, despite the proliferation of information on the internet.
People who use online tools to further their education and employment outcomes tend to come relatively privileged backgrounds. Can online learning teach critical thinking skills and force people to overcome prejudices? As an ex-educator I believe so, but as with real life, it’s about having quality teaching staff working within a supportive network and with good resources at their disposal.
Staff also need a good allocation of time to properly engage students, rather than being overwhelmed with large classes and additional responsibilities.
What do you think?