… or is the solution to go entirely online?
As higher education budgets are hit more and more seriously, one US state (Washington) is considering a partnership with the entirely online university, Western Governors University, as a way of providing a cheaper option to allow more students to benefit from a state-saupported university degree. The subtext in some of the discussions in this instance is that a ‘traditional’ classroom university programme is becoming unaffordable, or at least cannot be adequately supported by the taxpayer.
Those opposed to a move of this kind have suggested that the kind of ‘deep thinking’ that students should be encouraged to pursue is not readily available in online programmes. Or is that wrong, and it all depends on how such programmes are devised and run?