Kenneth W. Henderson, the chancellor of the Norete University, published a letter on the University website at the end of last month, counting on students and faculty members that Boston's institution had the intention to open As planned for the spring semester because "learning in person remains the gold standard."

The statement, which was not warned in any way, hit many so surprisingly unconditional education circles, Especially for a chancellor whose institution offers a robust catalog of online courses. Henderson is not the top administrator of the northeast, and while in most institutions, chancellor is the highest person, in a new structure implemented by the Northeast, Henderson is a member of the cabinet.

Henderson's comment comes at a time when many parents and students across the country are crying for a total return on person instruction in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, pressing the University officials to keep their institutions open, particularly at universities such as northeast, where a strong emphasis on person and experiential. Learning is often coupled with a high price tag.

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    Leaders of the Education Movement Online says it is the motivation, the rhetoric and comments of Henderson's "Golden Standard". Ke It Unjustly marginalize well-designed online courses.

    Thomas Cavanagh, Vice Provost for Digital Learning at the University of Central Florida, oversees the online platform of highly respected UCF and has problems with affirmations that person learning is superior. UCF Online has a history of 25 years and offers more than 100 online programs to about 6,600 students who can not attend in person. In addition, 75 percent of the 70,000 students in the UCF also take at least one course online.

    cavanagh sees the increasing use of rhetoric that reduces online education as a result of the "demand of Pent-Up" for the normality and social aspects of education in person, especially for students who They sought an experience in person and they had an online learning that was due to them due to the pandemic. But he said that rhetoric is simply inaccurate. googleg.cmd.push (function () googleg.display ("dfp-ad-article_in_article"););

    "I do not think it's fair to paint all online learning with some kind of broad inferiority brush, because it's just not the case, as backed by our research, as well as a lot of investigations from others," said Cavanagh. He called Henderson's comments "a little regressive" and said that he gave the body of evidence in favor of the effectiveness of online learning, he had expected education officials to move beyond such spacious generalizations.

    "I do not believe anything The particular course is superior or lower based on the modality," said Cavanagh. "Everything is based on the commitment of design and faculty."

    Cavanagh said his colleagues from the UCF have studied the effectiveness of online learning since the mid-1990s and has not found any significant difference in the results between face-to-face and online courses work So designed well designed. He said that courses that combine online and in person instruction have proven to overcome both modalities on their own. The research of the UCF shows the online and face-to-face courses that have the same retirement rates, at about 4 percent, he said, and online courses outweigh the face-to-face courses when it comes to the student's perception of instruction.

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