As academic administrations continue their lurch forward into the 21st century, I see that The Times endorses a flirtation with online "education" in the California State University system.
This comes at the very time when many big corporations are ditching the notion of working online from home, because, well, it isn't really a good or productive concept. These corporations, Yahoo among them, realize that creativity and innovation happen when actual people get together in an office or, I'd say, in a classroom.
I've taught for nearly three decades in the Cal State system. I can tell you that classrooms are far from the tidy online "environment." But that's the genius of the classroom: real people engaged in real conversations and coming up with unexpected epiphanies. It happens all the time in a good class. It doesn't happen much in cyberspace.