I have to disagree with +Jonathan Rees here because he's got some technological determinism going on in this essay that just does not make sense: there is no reason at all to suppose that an online instructor is more or less likely to care to know their students (see quote below). I care. I care a lot, in fact. Meanwhile, I also know that plenty of face to face faculty don't care. Which is their choice, a personal choice - not technological determinism.
I guess Jonathan is assuming that online faculty have higher teaching loads ("too many students"), but that's not necessarily the case at all. For example: big lecture classes that take place face to face. I would contend that there is more distance in a big lecture hall than in any of my online classes. I teach appx. 100 students total per semester... not too many for me; it works fine. And I do care to know them - plus, teaching online, I have far more opportunities to get to know them than I ever did in a classroom.
So, no, online it is NOT different. Rather, professors are different - all of them, online or off.
Oh wait, I'm not a professor. But I still feel qualified to comment.
quote  Online, it’s different. Why would any professor care to know anything about the disembodied person typing at the other end of the computer screen if he already has too many students trying to get to know him?
I would sincerely like to know what the teaching load is for the ASU online faculty. That would be a helpful contribution to the discussion. Bashing the program simply because it is online... nope, that is not helpful.
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