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Stephen Downes

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This is a good article and I appreciate Neil Mosley's desire to engage with the argument in the article 'Online learning has all but destroyed the university experience' (from the Telegraph, and paywalled). The key point appears near its end: "more online learning in on-campus courses may lead to, or risk, students becoming isolated in their accommodation, thus preventing interaction and socialisation with peers and educators." Mosley walks a reasonable path in response, but then there's a turn two thirds of the way through, where he asks, "Is online learning doing enough to support healthy study habits?" We could answer the question either way, but the question isn't relevant. That's not the sort of "interaction and socialisation" that proponents of a traditional university education at the Telegraph are looking for.

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