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Stephen Downes

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I think that even in safer countries like Canada I would hesitate before returning to in-person school, especially when the alternative of online learning exists. In the United States, I wouldn't consider it. And because the consequences are so predictable, colleges who really should be offering learning online are instead trying to wash their hands of any liability. "The intent is to relieve colleges of their 'duty of care' over students and make even 'reasonable' attempts to protect students from harm unnecessary in order to disprove a negligence claim." Meanwhile, according to this report, " a group of tenured faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took the unprecedented step Friday of directly telling students not to come back to campus next semester." Which, I think, was the ethical choice.

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