What’s interesting is that the teachers actually don’t mind the ton of e-mail. They even say they give these students more feedback than the students who spend their time waiting patiently at the professor’s office during the latter’s office hours.
In fact, many think this emphasis on virtual communication lets undergraduates be more productive than in a crowded classroom. Teachers of various classes even found their students involved in virtual debate. Even more ironic, the debaters could actually be sitting in the same building, even the same room, such as a shared public library or office conference room.
The teachers are enjoying some other interesting perks. One teacher at a Montana university said the online classes she taught in the past eight years often included a mix of students from foreign countries as far away as Japan and Egypt to a dormitory right on campus.