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Stephen Downes

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I guess what bothers me about this article is that it could have been written before the pandemic, and without reference to the pandemic. The clue is in the title, where we are told this is what we should have learned. Maybe we didn't? I don't know. But the lessons don't really mesh with the pandemic experience. We read: teaching online is hard work, it's easy for online student to disengage, social and emotional are as important online as content, and coverage and pacing pose a big challenge. This is basically the introduction I was given when I was first hired as a tutor for Athabasca University in 1987, except we said 'distance' instead of 'online'. The eight or nine ethical issues that follow are similarly generic. Via Janice Florent, who summarizes the article.

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