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Look Inside my Crystal Ball

  What is the future of education?  That is a huge question.  There is a lot of speculation about whether or not the trends towards online learning will be accelerated by the pandemic. I don't have a crystal ball, so I'm not sure, but I do know that the magic of education is in connection.  This can happen online, but it certainly takes a lot of effort.  To feel engaged, students need to make three main connections: To their professor:  They need to feel like the teacher is a real person who is really interested in the subject that they are teaching.  This is hard hard hard online.  I try to add personal detail to my classes, and let my students see my face (at least occasionally) despite my introverted desire to remain anonymous. To each other:  I just started doing peer editing again in my courses this semester.  I've always hated online peer editing, but I've come to realize that it's necessary if I want my students to connect with one another.  They need to be a

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