Thanks for your email. Would you like to meet on Monday around 1:30 at the Starbucks and maybe head across the street to the Grand Hyatt for a coffee and to talk about these questions in terms of the WUaS accrediting process ahead?
What works for the state of California for educational approval, now online, and what's ideal in terms of the conversation between teacher and student seem to be two different things. But I think the WUaS university spaceship, as we lift off, will be a lot better craft by going through various approval and accreditation processes, and even worldwide.
How to WUaS-instruct MIT and Harvard graduate student instructors teaching to MIT faculty in MIT OCW videos in the Conference Method and teaching, is an interesting question. Of these great universities - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#University_course_listings - I wonder which already do the best in instructing their graduate student instructors in teaching and conversation-generation-as-learning.
Reed College - which emphasizes the Conference Method, beginning with the required course Humanities 110 - hires full time faculty to interact directly with undergraduate students, a direction WUaS may choose to head in, online. And Reed only teaches undergraduates, with no graduate programs to speak of.
When I think of the Conference Method, I come back to the Platonic dialogues and the conversation that ensues there, where out of the discourse, new ideas emerge, and some of those were one-to-one.
See, too, Peter Norvig's fascinating hour-long talk about all of this and learning and teaching online ... http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2013/05/clouded-leopard-great-recent-talk-about.html ... with lots else happening about WUaS in my blog, as well.
This question of teaching and learning will be central to WUaS as we develop in all languages and countries, will be central in accrediting, as we flesh out the details, and will help us focus to become the online MIT / Harvard of the internet in teaching and learning, especially, if at all possible. It will also be something we address and re-address, even through centuries, as well as attempt to measure.
I'm heading to Woolman Center today for their graduation, and partly to do WUaS outreach.