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Stephen Downes

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I'm not sure I would agree with the recommendations, but Julia Freeland Fisher has nailed the issue: "The data is clear: students want networks... The data is also clear that access to networks is not equally distributed: first-generation students and students of colour are much less likely than their peers to participate in networking with alumni or to talk to faculty about their career interests." If you want to see this in action, watch how graduates from elite universities support each other. This is a key advantage they have over graduates from other institutions who do not have access to the same network. I don't think the answer is to "make network-building credit-bearing", nor is it to "elevate social capital in your campus-wide strategy." If it were me, I would focus much less on content knowledge, and much more on the learning experience.

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