Invisible learners online
Dr. George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair, has written an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed describing some of his current research and noting that research results, "call into question whether open courses, in their current form, are the democratizing forces they are sometimes depicted to be."
He argues that research into open online learning treats learners as invisible participants and concludes that, "By getting to know these invisible learners, we think we can build a better foundation for online learning, the design of digital learning experiences, and the use of technology in education. It is already clear from our initial interviews that in order to create more egalitarian structures for education, we need to start peeling away the multitude of barriers that prevent the most vulnerable populations from participating."
You can read the op-ed here: