online education hypocrisy?

In the comments on a recent post, a few people noted the hypocrisy of online education: If online education is so great, why do the people who run online education have traditional “bricks and mortar” college degrees?

I am not saying that the people who run online courses are bad. I am merely arguing that institution of online education has limits and these limits are illustrated by online education. The reason that we are willing to take the time to do an online course from a Stanford computer science professor is because she has degrees that signal that she’s not a loser. She’s probably a graduate of a fancy engineering school like MIT, Michigan, or Berkeley, which indicates that she’s probably competent and high quality.

Would millions of people take online courses from, say, a graduate of the Orgtheory Online Management Academy? If you think the answer is no, then you know why the economic value of online education will be limited. If you say “yes, an Orgtheory graduate will make tons of money,” please send me an email.

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Written by fabiorojas

December 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

Posted in education, fabio

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  1. people may take an online course from Orgtheory Online Management if 1 million other people took it, just like a million people will go to no named restaurant x if a million other people gave it a good rating



    December 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

  2. I would argue that it is not hypocrisy so much as a sign of rapid change. On-line education is so new that we have very few who have obtained their education via on-line education. 20 years from now will be very different.


    Jay Dee

    January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  3. I agree with you on some issues and some I don’t. Nevertheless, I believe that online education is one of the best opportunities for those who wants to take courses and don’t have enough time/money. Also, online education is very very good if the majors that they select, involve theoretical training.


    Jackson R.

    January 2, 2013 at 11:25 pm

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