31 July 2013

Jenkin's critique of online courses

Robert Jenkins has a good article in The Chronicle of Education that basically claims that the motivation for online classes is to cut cost (and increase profits) without concern about quality. Unfortunately, U.S. four-year colleges have increased tuition to the extent that the public is now likely to endorse the latest innovation with little consideration of the consequences. While I think online courses are wonderful, I don't think they substitute for a college experience.


Stagflationary Mark said...

I see that my "Illusion of Prosperity" blog is listed in your "In The Headlights" section.

If you don't mind my asking, what is it that I have said that you disagree with to the level that I warrant such attention?

As a side note, you have misnamed my blog. It's illusion, not illusions.

Stagflationary Mark said...

I've spent some time reading your blog. I can't seem to find much of anything yet that I seem to disagree with you about.

We've both heckled Romney.
We're both concerned about rising income inequality. I've written about it often.
We both seem to think that the country could probably survive just fine without health insurance companies (my girlfriend has a very expensive medical condition and she's in a constant battle to get them to actually pay the claims).
Although I own a gun, I actually think your thoughts on gun control seem reasonable.

*shrug shoulders*

Karlo said...

Sorry for the confusion. I listed Illusion of Prosperity *in the headlights* since I liked the blog. Sorry if the blog headings are a bit ambiguous. It was because I always thought we agree on many things (not that absolute agreement is essential). I've fixed the name and have moved you down into the *Highways* section.

Stagflationary Mark said...


Hey, I'm sorry too. I should have figured it out, especially after browsing your blog for quite some time.

Perhaps I really was a deer caught in the headlights! ;)

We really do seem to agree on a great many things. It's all good. Thanks!

Stagflationary Mark said...

I see that your blog has a ".jp" suffix.

I actually worked at a U.S. computing branch office of a Japanese landscape architect company in the early 1990s.

The job lasted until the Japanese housing bubble began to deflate. Not long!

Now we're doing the same thing in this country, right down to a zero interest rate policy that will apparently fully restore prosperity.

I have serious doubts about that as you can probably guess. Sigh.

And on that note, I have added your blog to the blog list on my blog. :)

Karlo said...

Thanks! As you guessed I'm now living in Japan. I know little about the economy, so I hope to educate myself more about it. One thing I've noticed is that the more positive numbers coming out in the U.S. don't seem to correlate very well with the negative stories I still hear about people, once in the middle class, struggling to make ends meet. It'll be interesting to see if the upward trend can be sustained.