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Stephen Downes

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Not surprisingly this document (54 page PDF) focuses on the steps needed to open up institutions for in-person learning. But perhaps surprisingly, the bulk of it is devoted to online learning. "The need for high- quality online options is here to stay," write the authors. "Given this reality, it is essential that IHEs invest in professional learning opportunities tailored to the digital context." At the start of the pandemic, "Nearly half of faculty had not taught online," and this state of unreadiness was evident in the uneven response that resulted. The report also addresses a full section to addressing broadband and device access for students, and another to providing basic needs support to students. Actually addressing these issues, which the report does, is far more satisfying than bland assertions that the problems exist (as though we could just shrug and give up on the whole enterprise). Via Sara Goldrick-Rab.

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