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Online Learning and Bias

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Obviously Bill Gates (i) didn’t value his own undergrad experience so much, and (ii) owns a big chunk of a company that has a big chunk of the global software business. Should we be surprised that he’s a proponent of online learning?

    Some other questions: is online learning appropriate for all sorts of subject matter, or primarily for certain fact- and formula-oriented subjects? Is the goal of education to train workers? Are subjects that are less amenable to online learning really dispensable? How does one measure the “productivity” of classes in 19th Century poetry, 20th Century fiction or phenomenological philosophy (or, for that matter, in noncommutative geometry), BTW? What about training people to reason together, to interact in non-anonymous debate and discussion face-to-face? The more we “virtualize” our relationships, does it become easier or more difficult to sustain a democracy?

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