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Why Colleges Are Giving Up on Remote Education


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Students listen  to an instructor in a college lecture hall

The most effective teachers establish an emotional relationship with students in an environment of care and trust.

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The pandemic resulted in widespread adoption of remote, technology-assisted teaching. Yet nearly all colleges have re-adopted in-person education this fall. It turns out, student enthusiasm for remote learning is mixed at best, and in some cases students have sued their colleges for refunds.

Indeed, students are far better off with in-person learning than with online approaches. Recent research indicates that the effects of remote learning have been negative. As the Brookings Institution Stephanie Riegg Cellini reports, "bachelor's degree students in online programs perform worse on nearly all test score measures . . . relative to their counterparts in similar on-campus programs."

Research on human learning consistently finds that the social context of learning is critical, and the emotions involved in effective human relations play an essential role in learning. 

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