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Stephen Downes

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This article really focuses only on three 'best practices' seemingly chosen at random. But they're worth reflecting on as illustrative of the current tension between in-person and online learning. Here they are (paraphrased):

  • the increased role of families in managing and overseeing a student's education
  • flexible and accessible anytime, anywhere access to materials
  • the quality and strength of the relationships between teachers and their students

Let's agree that these are all essential. They are at one time 'best practices' (in a sense) but also the locus of criticisms of both offline and online learning. A student may lack family support, lack access to materials, and have a dysfunctional relationship with the teacher. When this happens online, the problems are there for everyone to see, but when they happen in traditional face-to-face education, nobody sees them, and the student simply suffers.

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