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  •  not just the networking (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, corvo

    the value of education is in explaining how that raw information works, how to read, analyze, and express one's ideas in writing, etc.

    that's where MOOCs and all the other supposed tech fixes fail. the core value of education is in the actual educating, which is far, far more than a pile of facts and data.

    •  Not sure why a MOOC couldn't teach those (0+ / 0-)

      things.

      Insofar as they are primarily intended to provide profits to their providers, I'm sure that most don't invest sufficient resources to be able to do so, but that's a technical issue, not an underlying insurmountable roadblock.

      But again, my point is even if one has impeccable data analysis or writing skills, that's not going to be enough.

      •  did you get your education through correspondence? (0+ / 0-)

        it's not the raw information, but the interaction, explanation, debate and feedback that trains people how to think, analyze, and express themselves. watching a youtube lecture is not a substitute for a professional educator teaching a student in real time, with two-way communication.

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