Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is another one of those things sceptics said were impossible to produce online - until they were produced online out of necessity. "Many colleges have pivoted their student services to a virtual setting. At Northern Virginia Community College, students can enter a virtual lobby on Zoom that connects them with advisers, who then connect them with the services they need." In my experience, community college students are also often working or supporting a family, and don't have time for more traditional forms of college community, but a virtual alternative allows them to take part in their own time and place. But the college has to actually make it available for it to work.

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