Stephen Downes

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Tony Bates says he is "freaked out" by what's happening as schools ramp up for a "return to normal" in September. For one thing, he writes, we may be seeing an end to the non-interactive in-person lecture. It's hard to imagine; the impersonal lecture was almost all I experienced in the first few years of university. "Perhaps more significant," he writes, "is the demand from at least undergraduate students, and particularly first year or freshman students, for ‘the campus experience.’" A lot of this is non-academic and raises the question why we should have to pay for it. "Perhaps it’s time to deconstruct tuition fees, and charge separately for instruction, overheads, and other services on campus," says Bates.

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