…what are the problems with online universities?

4 09 2012

Did you know that online universities are blossoming in Asia? I know because AFP told me so. Read the whole article if you want to see the hype for yourself, but I find their obligatory nod to critics much more interesting:

The growth of online degree programmes is also constrained by poor Internet accessibility in parts of Asia and beyond.

More than 80 percent of South Koreans and 60 percent of Malaysians have online access, but in China the rate slips to about 40 percent and it slumps to around 10 percent in India.

Other criticisms include inadequate regulation, allegations of poor-quality teaching, student cheating, and the fact that online degrees are still not as widely recognised as traditional ones in the marketplace, say industry experts.

Reading that list reminds me of this scene from “Life of Brian”:

Apart from the limited Internet access, inadequate regulation, poor-quality teaching, cheating and the facts that employers won’t give their graduates jobs, what are the problems with online universities?

Well, I guess the argument’s over then, isn’t it?




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