Have to admit I don’t like this particular form of writing for this purpose. I’m taking the class so where is the class? If I wanted no interaction I could simply step outside and attempt to start a conversation with any one of the 2000 people who live within a 300km circle of me and experience exactly the same feedback.

The more MOOCs taken and the more time spent online, it’s pretty clear there at least 2 schools of distance education. First are the folks who take the course through their computer. They aren’t distant, just distributed about and may as well be sitting at the back of the classroom or under a desk.

Then we have true distance people who have no other means of receiving the content and teaching here who didn’t attend school before, don’t really attend now and are completely invisible to the school. In the U.S. these people are called “Non-Traditional Students” as if they were from another planet. Have to admit I don’t understand what is meant by “teaching” the outside group.

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