Based upon her teaching experience, Joyce Hicks, Associate Professor in the economics department at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, believes virtual classes are valid for searching and information gathering, but not as a stand-alone program. Students must be well-organized self-starters, and even then may have difficulties. She sees some positives, but believes it is a limited vehicle for collegiate level learning, in most cases.
Donald R. Eastman, a highly-respected educator and President of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, declared that the University of Florida online college is an ivory tower delusion. “The companies who are selling the snake-oil of disruptive innovation (Pearson, Coursera, Udacity, etc.) will make millions. The graduates of the University of Florida will have fellow alumni who paid much less for their degrees than they did, saw fewer real professors, and earned their degrees in their pajamas.” Donald R. Eastman, “UF Online College an Ivory Tower Delusion,” Tampa Bay Times, October 20, 2013.