Critique of online education on Stanford Faculty Senate chair's agenda | Stanford University News

Critique of online education on Stanford Faculty Senate chair's agenda | Stanford University News

Stanford released yesterday a story about David Palumbo-Liu, who serves on HASTAC's Steering Committee and is co-teaching a class in spring 2014 as a key part of HASTAC's History and Future of Higher Education initiative

Palumbo-Liu, the  Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford, will teach a course next spring called "Histories and Futures of Humanistic Education: Culture and Crisis, Books and MOOCS." The course will be taught in collaboration with professors at Stanford, Duke, and UC-Santa Barbara, and will tie into other aspects of HASTAC's #FutureEd initiative, including Cathy Davidson's Coursera MOOC, History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education. Palumbo-Liu's perspective toward online education, particularly MOOCs, is informed and open-minded, but skeptical of some of the hype. He says:

"Technology is great – it's an inevitable part of contemporary life," he said. "But at the end of the day there are certain persistent questions about life that are essential to being human – questions that technology can't help us with very much. What does it mean to be in love? What does it mean to die? Why am I doing this? What else is there to do in life?"

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