Connie Chan, Josh Kim, ACC discussed on a16z



So. . Much of the discourse attack online education is often posed any stark terms. . Much of the discussion seems to be on the education was abject failure in the spring. . Now, , kids are doomed to lose another year if we don't go back and person so I think what I'd like to post the group is what are some of the most common misconceptions you see in the discourse around online education? ? Well first of all, , we didn't really have online education in the spring, , right? ? That wasn't anything that any of us who've been in online education for a long time would recognize his minded Asian. . So I think we I have to completely move away from. . Making any conclusions about online education from this emergency pivot to learning to cove it? ? Right in and out argued that we should also make sure that we aren't just judging the concept of online education by what we see today. . There's so much potential for further innovation around the platform around the median that I. . Think we just don't see. . We already seen other countries around the world. . I think one common misconception is more of a conflicting of two things. . One is the medium by which education happens is it online or in person or some mix of the two, , and in the pedagogical approach lecture base is a discussion based. . How much of it is students facing? ? What is the size of the class? ? What in taught in what way I think what you see for most of the brief history online education is the classes that are online tend to be a one type that is often quite different than lacey, , Burson until people say online education, , they often have this idea. . Maybe it's superstar lecturing. . Broadcast all over the web or it's a for profit college that people perceive as being predatory on some types of students or whatever. . But there's nothing that is intrinsic about online. It . makes it better worse at its core online is a mode of delivery for education that has tremendous potential to reach people that couldn't be reached with person education models with far better curriculum. . Than They could've afforded potentially potentially although I don't think that's a guarantee I think we should get into that I. . think there's a question of whether it gives the education can be better and under what conditions is true that you see a lot of education innovators in the online space but a lot of what they're doing could just as easily be done in. . Earth. . What I would like to hear his more discussion of what should education look like, , and then we decide whether it's easiest best to deliver it online versus in person rather than debating about online merson person only later talking about or actually teaching at Howard. . I agree that. . One of the challenges we have when we talk about all this definitions. . People often talk about online education when they're talking about a lot of different things and very different things and I think to that point some people are thinking of this as strictly k. through twelve k. through college and reality. . You can also clump in things like masterclass things like lifelong learning things like worker training things like extra curricular classes have been already online while before cove it. . So one of the confusion too often here is to conflate online education at scale, , which kind of started with nukes and now have moved onto to what? ? Does what addicts does with what's been going on with online education. . Now, , for a couple of decades, , which it looks very different than that, , which is about very small classes. . Of active learning lots of engagement between students and faculty a lot of work with instructional designers they happen to be in the same medium. . They happened to be education that done with technology, , but they're completely different things. . Do you mention the precedent of mooks which is massive online courses? ? So those have been hyped for a decade or so and have had limited success in disrupting education it's pretty commonly agreed. . So what has changed? ? Why do you see this newfound optimism? ? Now? ? What specifically are we seeing that we haven't seen in the past? ? I? ? Think you judge most historically it's done really targeted for college students and Post College. . Graduates. . And I think the effectiveness of books varies dramatically based off the age group and the kind of content you're trying to teach

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