1.First point , we will understand online courses as natural development.
First we had Gurukulam, only certain people could get education. People like Ekalaivan could not get a teacher where as Arjuna and Duryodhana had gurus.
When university and public learning came into existence, more people got opportunities to learn.
When population increased, colleges were not sufficient. More people could not get admission. Correspondence courses solved this problem. At that time people were telling " Students getting degree through correspondence are inferior to regular students. IGNOU's proliferation and penetration helped so many poor people to get education without spending huge money. The concept of open university helped students who had to discontinue due to various reasons. Thus now online courses are coming into existence in the field of distant education. It is a development meeting society needs with technology.
2.Second point: Now actual class rooms even in schools are becoming smart class room. The teacher is using all modern tools to teach. For college subjects, lecturers are to use similarly.
A lecturer in the class room uses internet online and uses smart boards to teach. Actual class rooms are like theater , with teacher as anchor. If the same thing is recorded and put in video, then it becomes online course. So teaching content will be same whether it is class room with slides and internet or fully online.
Point 3: interaction
The complaint is that in online course teacher is away, you can not interact.
Now in online course we can interact with skype or google+ or any other smart boards.
Point no 4: affordability
Some 5 years / 10 years back, internet cost per hour was prohibitive in India. But today most of the students are accessing internet unlimited service. This service is available in most of the houses even in rural side for the purpose of contacting relatives outside.
Point no 5: For online courses, net availability with speed is a requirement. High speed internet is available. Of course most of the states are having power cuts. Heavy duty UPS are supporting the high speed internet.
Point no 6: With cloud technology, even computer labs can be virtual. The college need not purchase actual machines. You configure virtual machines and get a lab for college. In this context, we should not insist that a person should stand before me physically and teach. Then only I will learn.
We should accept the technology development and adopt ourselves to use it, instead going on telling online course can not be better than class room teaching.
We have moved from Gurukulam to so many levels and online is the one. Let us not grumble.