“Just Get It Done”: How Online Classes Are Contributing to the Expectation of Low-Quality Education

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Student Presentation

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College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Sociology

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Arthur Scarritt


This research was on the effect of online classes and how they lead to the lower value of higher education. This is qualitative research which received data from 50 student interviews as well as literary analysis. I argue that online classes contribute to the vocationalization of liberal arts furthering the degree mill mentality that causes the expectation of lower quality education. Vocationalization is taking over public universities and is dismantling the values of the traditional liberal arts education. While online classes are on the rise as a method to cheaply produce classes that are efficient in producing technical knowledge. Because of this the quality of education students receive is being affected, however, most students don’t notice or will defend this system. In order to accommodate the growing demand for vocational training the university is turning to other methods of teaching that maximizing the production of vocational knowledge. The main method they are using for this is online classes because they are easily accessible and are convenient for the university to produce. This all has contributed to the lowering quality of higher education.

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