Harvard Jumps on the Online Ed Bandwagon
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  • John Barker

    “vigor, vision, courage and flexibility”

    WRM, you left on a virtue–honesty. With grade inflation, there is no reliable measure of a student’s knowledge. The greatest achievement of online education may be an honest evaluation of student learning. Of course, online ed could degenerate into an even greater fraud.

  • Mrs. Davis

    If it does the barriers to entry for a competitor unwilling to co-conspire in the fraud will be much lower. And the cost to consumers to transfer away from the fraudulent providers will be much lower.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    This is a wonderful step in the right direction, I hope we will see famous Professors from schools all over the country soon competing on-line for students. It maybe that in the near future highly skilled teachers will become as famous as Rock Stars or Actors.

  • “Online courses will never replace the need for face-to-face interaction in a bricks-and-mortar classroom,”

    Oh, I don’t know — the traditional Chinese civil service examination system did away with face-to-face interaction (until after you passed the exam).

  • OTH, about those Chinese exams: whole families would pool their resources to finance decades of study by their most promising sons in hopes of reaping the bonanza that a successful applicant would bring. It was all about corruption, a meritocracy of corruption.

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