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In the flesh

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By Dan Paul Rose

Is online learning working as well as in-person, classroom instruction? The short answer is no. However, like any new rubric or technology, it takes time to refine and possibly overcome its antecedent framework before it succeeds.

Instead of speculating without experience, I have empirical evidence based on my time as a teacher ― both in the classroom and using Zoom to conduct formal, accredited, online courses for Korean university students.

The main drawback to virtual education is overall accountability. If students do not have to attend courses in the classroom, they are less likely to be prepared and energized. Do not underestimate what waking at 6 a.m., grooming oneself, eating breakfast and commuting 15 kilometers to school does to an individual's mood.

Not only does it allow the student to prepare mentally,........

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