What are colleges talking about privately when it comes to online learning?

Their distance learning is not comparable to online learning platforms that are designed from the ground up for a collaborative experience

When college campuses were abruptly closed in March, administrators, professors, admissions and financial aid counselors began scrambling. They all acknowledge that the online learning they offered is completely inadequate for their reputation.

In early April 2020, students began the process of taking their universities to court, arguing they should be reimbursed for costs including tuition after campuses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The students argue that they chose to attend particular institutions based on advertising promoting on campus experiences.

Many colleges have already begun partial refunds of housing fees and meal plans resulting from the abbreviated Spring 202 semester; tuition adjustments haven’t generally been agreed … yet.

Brick and mortar colleges have resisted the development of high-quality online classes for a number of years. The sudden need for distance learning will not suddenly make the transition any smoother.

The discussion has begun over the respective values of distance learning, online learning and on campus learning. Families are asking “Why pay all this money to have a residential experience at a college that is doing a poor job of offering classes online when there are a bunch of schools out there that really do online learning well and affordably?”.

This is only one of the significant changes that we are experiencing in a matter of weeks!

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