Tom Auxter, the president of the 7,000-member United Faculty of Florida, said “intense and feverish” opposition from faculty helped scale back the plan. Still, he warned of a generation of “cheap and dirty” online courses offered to students before they enroll in college. “No matter how many times they use ‘quality,’ this is a cheapening of what higher education is all about,” Auxter warned, referring to supporters of MOOCs for credit.
Its disappointing, though not particularly surprising, that the education establishment is so hostile to one of the most promising ideas to come along in education in years.Maybe they’ll eventually jump on the bandwagon if Florida gets the implementation right. The state has two years to determine exactly how to put the law into practice. We hope other states will follow Florida’s lead, learning from its successes and failures along the way.