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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Remote learning not the best fit for special education, but teachers, families doing their best | Local

“They’re all over the place,” Hammond said of their response to remote learning, explaining how difficult it has been for them to stay engaged with an iPad for hours at a time. “To them, computers are for computer games, video games, that kind of stuff. They just don’t have that concept of, ‘This [device] is for school.’”

Hammond said she is concerned these young students are moving backward educationally and has been noticing some startling behavioral changes.

“My third-grader, he has more meltdowns. He is exhausted. He tells me that his eyes hurt and he’s had more headaches. The other two are more rowdy, more rambunctious. They get more argumentative,” she said. “All the things that you hear about kids that have tons of screen time, we deal with all of that, on top of the fact that kids are cooped up in the house all the time. They’re not

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