At the 7th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training last week at Sydney, I heard Prof. Shirley Alexander talked about her research in the state of online learning. At the moment, it seems that online learning in traditional universities has its place, but is only the best alternative.
During discussion, she also said that there was a case in which she thought the course was delivered excellently using role play simulation. However, after the course, students were complaining and ended up in an inquiry. The reason was that students thought they were asked to do too much work. "Why the lecturer did not tell us the answer right the way".
Obviously, the students were not prepared to "learn" - they were expected to be fed with information!
There is something I need to think carefully.