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On instructor quality and interaction

Tony Bates has an interesting blog on the year in elearning:

 I respond to one of his comments below.


You say: “but what really matters to many learners is open access to and interaction with quality faculty or instructors, leading to recognized qualifications, ”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our traditional universities were to implement this. Wow! interaction with profs in our 600 student lecture halls. And quality faculty – maybe because they have research degrees, but that doesn’t make them “quality instructors”. How many traditional universities train their faculty in instructions?

Because the idealized view of traditional education does not really exist for the most part (in some cases, I concede it does). I would suggest that informal learners are not missing much by studying independently for a qualification. and gaining a lot by becoming independent learners using the latest technologies.
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