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Opinion: Universities must offer more than ‘Zoom from your room’

Financial Times, July 12, 2020 (Subscription)

July 12, 2020

Opinion: Universities must offer more than ‘Zoom from your room’

It is often said that every crisis brings an opportunity. Richard Arum, dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, has suggested that elite institutions, forced to resort to online technologies, should now help develop “online learning options complementary in practice and commensurate in quality to face-to-face instruction”. This would benefit their own students and those whose “life circumstances make them unable to leave their family homes and forgo paid work to attend college” on a residential campus.