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Interview with Jessy Keiser
Former Adjunct Instructor at the University of Phoenix

By Lisa Gualtieri / August 2010

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  • Mon, 29 Nov 2010
    Post by Craig D. Howard

    I've been teaching in college contexts since the mid 90's; most of those have been somehow blended situations, and some completely online. What has struck me about the UoP design is that, being 100% online as it seems, how do they deal with the larger character development issues? From what I have experienced, there's the crux of it, the perpetual wrench in the system that cannot be overcome. When so much about education is developing the person beyond the performance objectives, how could this design overcome the obstacle of the "lean" communication format? A degree, as opposed to simply imbibing content in the form of skills competencies in courses, is so much more than just getting the content right. I am yet to come across any discipline where objectively written performance objectives, however well attained, can trump the greater goal of learning the way a certain group of people think, and being able to replicate that form of thinking. Synchronous or asynchronous, I am yet to see a format where there is enough give and take to learn these types of more nuanced pragmatic competencies. Where do you see UoP going in that regard, and for that matter, the future of all online programs who are charged with creating *better people*?

  • Tue, 17 Aug 2010
    Post by Allison Rossett

    I didn't know that UoP did such extensive and long lasting development of its instructors. Bravo to that. Much there for brick and mortar institutions to emulate.

    UoP responses to financial pressures, or to pursuit of more profit, or both, is not unfamiliar. More students crammed into classes. More pressure to "please" students with good grades. More squeezing of faculty salaries. We have seen all of this before-- and expect to see it going forward.

    Quality and efficiency. How to do both? Doesn't sound as if UoP has it figured out, not yet.

  • Tue, 13 Apr 2010
    Post by Terry Freedman

    Reminds me of a notice I saw in a section of a school a few years ago: "You are now entering a learning zone". It made me wonder what all the other 'zones' were in that case.