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Do you think the quality of education at schools and universities will suffer if classes are conducted online for a long time due to the pandemic?

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Already happening ’Educations ain’t educations’, anyway.

Prac and tactile stuff are not like memorizing or applying knowledge, ideas, principles theories and vocabulary items.

Or as one teacher I know complained, typing is slower than speaking, and voice to screen still ends up as gibberish.

Still some work to be done there.

Anyway, the new education world is yet to produce all its new unthoughtof effects yet.

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It has the potential of improving education enormously. The traditional method of lumping 40 students together and teaching them the same lesson at the same time is very inefficient. Online education would mean that students could study at their own pace. It would also to some degree remove the influence of the personality of the teacher with regard to the subject. This can be an advantage when the teacher is really good, but many are not and many children are put off a subject entirely through poor teaching.

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Suffer in what way? Suffer in that teachers will need to learn new skills or suffer in that students will actually have to do some work rather than sit in class and pretend to listen/understand?

If teachers don't know how to teach online, yes. If teachers think about the difference between lecturing in a classroom and lecturing online, no.

Watch Khan Academy videos on YouTube to see how online teaching could be. Unfortunately, this requires competence in fields other than the subject (editing, writing, filming vs, say, knowing about math.)

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If anything it should improve, formal educational facilities are a relic of a bygone era. Ever since mainstream adoption of the internet, the only use they have is if you're in a highly specialized field that requires expensive equipment that would be practically impossible to obtain for an average individual (NMR machines, nuclear reactors, etc).

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As a uni-student, yes! I really miss the direct interaction with fellow students and teachers. Discussions just aren't the same online, and you also miss the social aspect of being in class. Online-classes can be an important and useful supplement to classes, like being able to replay lectures and taking notes in your own pace, but I don't see online teaching ever replacing actually being in a classroom.

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It depends. If the online platforms schools and universities are using are faulty, then that's a no. Also, it depends on the teacher and the students. Some people aren't just cut out to learn stuff virtually while some like it better. I've never experienced having online classes or teaching people online so I really have no say on the matter.

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If we're talking about Japan, the quality suffered a long time ago.

I agree, a lot of students shouldn't be at university because they don't have the thinking power and a lot of universities need to close rather than taking their money in exchange for a rubber stamp.

Unless there is a physical aspect of a course, e.g. an experiment involving manipulation of tools, there is no need for students to be present. I am running courses on zoom and overall it is about the same because students can share screens while they chat instead of writing on a whiteboard and the output is saved in a more usable format.

For what I do, the only time students really need to go in is when they make a presentation. I reckon for a long time into the future, giving presentations in person will remain a staple of life and they need to master it unfortunately

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