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  •  Some additional possibilities (5+ / 0-)

    "Online courses" covers a huge swath of territory, from proprietary for-profit organizations that don't care a whit about students actually learning (or even completing) as long as they get their tuition money from the Federal government grants, to Ivy League universities putting their best professors' lectures online, like Harvard's Michael Sandell's popular class on "Justice." Without knowing more, it's not useful to lump all these together.

    10. The courses weren't designed around "finishing," just to attract students and grab their tuition money.
    11. The students didn't care about learning or finishing either, as long as they got their Pell Grant for living expenses.
    12. Many students in both online and in-person classes don't do homework, and just want to slide through with as little actual work as possible -- and in an online course, there isn't even the twice-weekly eye contact with a professor to shame you into doing at least some of the work.

    (Disclosure: I teach adjunct, in person, but have colleagues who teach the same courses online and we talk a lot about the problems.)

    •  Perks (1+ / 0-)
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      It boils down to if employers will even pay attention to the course work taken by the student.  Many future/present employers see hardly any value in the courses their future/present employees are taking online.  Not even a certificate perks their interest.

      How do you take a online course and give it the professionalism it deserves, and at the same time give it educational background power so that business wants to hire these students?

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