MU history department opposes E-courses

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 8:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — MU's history department adopted a resolution last week that opposes the "imposition" of E-courses at MU, according to a letter from department Chair Russ Zguta.

According to the letter, the resolution identifies three main concerns:

  • E-courses undermine faculty control of the curriculum.
  • They drain financial resources from MU departments.
  • They dilute the quality and integrity of education on campus.

The department adopted the resolution after a discussion during a March 8 faculty meeting, the letter stated. Zguta has sent the resolution to other departments in the College of Arts and Science to gauge interest in co-sponsoring it, the letter stated.

Departments have until March 18 to respond to the resolution, after which time the resolution will be forwarded to the MU E-learning Task Force and others in the administration, according to the letter.

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Claude Bernard March 18, 2011 | 8:22 a.m.

what's an e-course? could they've be referring to elearning/online courses? referring to online courses as e-courses is a pretty good indicator that these guys haven't done their homework. regardless, the history department really needs to provide some evidence that would give them cause for their concerns. did this group every consider that faculty control of curriculum might be at least partially responsible for the lack of quality in their traditional face-to-face classrooms (read academically adrift)? there's little left to be diluted...take a look at yourselves!

furthermore, according to a recent report from market research firm ambient insight, 25 million college students in the US will be taking classes online by 2015. and as that happens, the number of students who take classes exclusively on physical campuses will plummet, from 14.4 million in 2010 to just 4.1 million five years.

seems to me like the history department at MU is gonna be history if they don't change their tune rather quickly.

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