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Stephen Downes

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I have no idea how much of this is representative or even real, but I felt it was worth sharing the story that is being told about online learning in this particular school. "Teachers cold-call unhesitatingly. There is an unrelenting focus on what students are producing and on what their in-class work reveals about their misconceptions and mastery, allowing for real-time course corrections. And student accountability has not been suspended." The argument being presented here is that schools should not suspend expectations in online learning. "Distinctive schools boldly shape culture; they present new models of engagement that other families would, in time, gladly emulate." While I think this may be possible, I'm less sure about whether this is desirable.

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