Remedying Structural Alienation in Large Online Undergraduate Courses

Session Time and Location

Date:
Fri, 8 Jun 2018
Time:
Time:
8:00am to 9:30am
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Advance HE Pre-function Area
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Speaker(s)

In this presentation, the instructor of a large credit earning online course in a high ranking Canadian university and one of the teaching assistants of the course report how they conducted a critical action research project in order to fight back the constraints resulting from the online format of the course and the large number of the students (up to 700). The presenters highlight how profit oriented neoliberal business models, currently adopted by higher education, are oblivious to the pedagogical quality of large undergraduate online courses as long as there is enough enrollment.