As I sit, slogging through another week of inane, staggeringly repetitive, marginally coherent (forget cogent), factual regurgitation answers to discussion questions, I am left wondering if anyone else has come to the conclusion that the supposed "benefit" from the all-written, all-the-time format of online course delivery has devolved to its least common denominator?
Despite overflowing reminders/rejoinders/rants that discussion questions should be considered a term-long, open-book, essay exam, the standard response seems to have come to be: cut and paste pseudo-relevant paragraph from text, massage a couple of nouns and verbs to fake out plagiarism detectors, click submit.
[Oh, and than have your classmates expand the discussion by adding multiple "Good post!" "responses."]
When I first ventured into this modality, nearly 10 years ago now, I truly had an enthusiasm for the interesting information and probing questions that were posted. Today, I find myself postponing visits to the discussion boards until just before reaching the point students will unleash the cyber hounds in search of my presumably decomposing corpse.
Sadly, it seems the online class has come to prompt the same sort of mechanistic engagement of that famous educational exemplar ... Bueller? Bueller? Anybody?