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 staff and sessional faculty because in the long run as the province seeks to reduce its enormous COVID-induced debt, universities and colleges will be required to become much more cost-effective.

I suppose younger people today are more accustomed to spending hours before a screen.

However, that experience may make them even more critical of inadequate asynchronously courses which seem often overloaded because some prof imagines his or her course is not only the most important, but should impress colleagues and students with plentiful content.

How many more students will falter?

And how adequately can complex education be delivered in an isolated self-instructed mode? We may all learn the hard way.

Lloyd Brown-John is a University of Windsor professor emeritus of political science.

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