Nov 20 2012
"When I think back to my own college years, what I learned was never measured by my test scores," writes College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Cathy Bernard in a New York Times letter in response to an article about large online classes. "What I learned is what I now remember, four decades later. I remember my professors' passion for their subject matter -- my sprightly young English professor who grew rhapsodic over the Romantic poets; my professor from Ireland who jumped onto the desk the first day of class and read aloud from Yeats's 'Sailing to Byzantium.' Can such moments be rendered in online classes for 40,000 students? Perhaps. But I tend to think that it will be a bit like seeing a Broadway play live, the indescribable thrill of the moment, versus seeing a broadcast version on TV."