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It also is evident that those who might prefer a blackboard have a long way to go. The days of a camera aimed at an overhead projector slide are more than just old school, and the idea that we’ll be able to capture and hold the attention of the TikTok generation with a barebones Zoom call isn’t going to get it.

At Harvard University, David Malan teaches CS50, an introductory computer science class, and one of the school’s most popular courses. The professor has said it might be “a better educational experience to watch CS50’s lectures online than attend them in person.”

Writing about Malan and his work for The New Yorker, Eren Orbey characterized this year’s transition to online learning as a struggle for many professors.

In March, he wrote, “no more than five hundred Harvard instructors had virtual teaching experience.” But in a matter of days, the number

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Guest column: Online education bad fit for universities and colleges

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It is also very much about how to communicate socially and professionally. With individualized learning that classroom and social tolerance interaction is limited.

There are also serious concerns about student fees. Several universities have increased fees which include fees for non-accessible services and activities.

University revenues have diminished as foreign students are abandoning North American schools. Indeed, it has been estimated that some universities in the U.S. may close as foreign student revenue streams dry up.

In the short run that should not happen in Ontario, although if the provincial government is forced to provide COVID-related financial assistance to universities and colleges it becomes a moot point whether universities should be allowed to continue depending heavily upon provincial funding or be required to dramatically slash costs.

Universities and colleges are faced with immense costs for faculty, administrative staff and facilities.

They may need to seriously begin trimming

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