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College Courses Online Are Disappointing. Here's How to Fix Them


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Lisa Feldman Barrett is a university distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern University.

A survey of college students this spring found that about 75 percent were disappointed with the online learning experience during the lockdown.

As a tuition-paying parent of a student at a liberal arts college, I've learned that my family gets the best bang for our buck when our daughter engages directly with her professors, her classmates, and the material. And as a professor myself, I am keenly aware of how hard it is to sustain this kind of engagement while students learn at a distance.

Can it be done? I think it can, and here's a suggestion for how to do it: Schools could embrace an older style of teaching used by British universities — the tutorial system — and adapt it for the online world.

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