The Potential for Online Learning: Promises and Pitfalls (EDUCAUSE Review) | | Innovations in e-Learning |
EDUCAUSE Review Online

"To realize the potential and promise of online learning (and MOOCs), colleges and universities must be aware of the pitfalls while taking full advantage of the wonderful, if problematic, opportunities provided by ingenuity and technological prowess..."


Propositions1. We need to distinguish among target populations.2. Different pedagogies are right for different disciplines.3. A limited degree of "local" customization of online courses is important and should be facilitated.4. It is critically important that we assemble more real evidence, from more rigorous research, concerning the learning outcomes associated with online offerings.5. We must focus self-consciously, and relentlessly, on controlling educational costs.6. System-wide thinking is required; many of the most challenging questions for our educational system cannot be addressed on a single-campus basis.7. New thinking is needed on faculty roles and on optimal organizational and decision-making mechanisms.8. Stratification worries deserve much more attention than they receive.