Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Why online education won't replace classroom education

In a post on the economics of Facebook, Ed Glaeser explains why technology cannot replace many valuable in-person meetings:
Indeed, Mr. Zuckerberg’s decision to move to Silicon Valley reminds us of a great paradox. The technology industry has, more than any other sector, the ability to connect over vast distances. Yet that industry is often associated with a single place. The resolution of that paradox is that even with e-mail and the Internet, face-to-face meetings remain the best way to communicate really complex ideas.
In a separate realm, this is exactly the reason why I consider my YouTube channel to be an excellent classroom supplement, rather than a classroom replacement.

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