How to Make Online Courses Massively Personal

How thousands of online students can get the effect of one-on-one tutoring

Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-to-make-online-courses-massively-personal-peter-norvig&WT.mc_id=SA_SA_20130717

Educators have known for 30 years that students perform better when given one-on-one tutoring and mastery learning—working on a subject until it is mastered, not just until a test is scheduled. Success also requires motivation, whether from an inner drive or from parents, mentors or peers.

Online learning is a tool, just as the textbook is a tool. The way the teacher and the student use the tool is what really counts.