Remember your favorite professor, minus the topic? Easy, right.
Remember your favorite class, minus the professor? Little harder.
As much as we praise "innovation in higher education", we cannot forget that the bulk of the work in classrooms is done by human beings, instructors who labor under conditions that work against the basic concept of quality in education.
Graduate students who are given scanty training on how to teach, often little more than a few hours on how to avoid the worst of harassment claims.
Adjuncts who earn a less-than-minimum-wage salary patching together four or five different classes at multiple campuses, with little say in the design of their courses or the direction of the institution.
Tenured professors who achieved their status on research rather than teaching, and who regard the classroom as a distraction from their true work.
The simple fact is that the human element is consistently ignored in innovation, when it is those human connections that are the irreplaceable value added of higher education, as opposed to independently reading textbooks. How can institutions encourage, rather than discourage, excellence in teaching.