“What we’re creating is not the ideal of what remote instruction looks like,” said Robin Garrell, dean of the graduate division at UCLA. “It can be really exciting to think about, but no one has time to think about it right now. What we’re creating is not going to be representative at all of what is possible.”
Colleges, be honest about distance learning failures (NY Daily News):
Like many Americans, I’ve tired of the endless lies, exaggerations and baselessly optimistic predictions about the coronavirus crisis brought to us by the president of the United States. […] But our universities — operated mostly by Trump-hating liberals, like myself — are playing their own game of evasion and fabrication. Almost every school moved to a remote-learning format back in March, replacing face-to-face classes with online ones. And our party line is often depressingly similar to Trump’s: We’re good.
This is online learning’s moment. For universities, it’s a total mess (Wired metered paywall):
“We just spent four weeks in pure panic and confusion, not knowing what we were meant to be doing,” says West. “For things like essays, all the support we’d normally get just wasn’t accessible, because we weren’t in [class] and it wasn’t very clear where to get that help. So there were a lot of people struggling.”
As thousands of students logged into their university’s systems at the same time, poor connections and technical problems were the norm – and for the most part, teachers were left alone to troubleshoot issues, fix poor audio and video quality, and follow up with students individually to make sure they could access any missed content.
Online college isn’t worth $15K? Class-action suit against Rutgers seeks refunds for remote classes (NJ.com adblocker blocked)
75% of College Students Unhappy With Quality of eLearning During Covid-19 (OneClass)
Related: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Shattered the Myth of College in America (The New Yorker)