Not Your Father’s Classroom: Why Online might Win this Fall

Gary Schirr
6 min readJul 29, 2020
a busy classroom during COVID, from the professor’s view: distanced students present in safety bubbles and others online
The Multitasking Instructor by Kiki Schirr

Futurists, economists, and education alarmists have been predicting a major disruption in higher education since I first became a professor. By now the skyrocketing costs of tuition and the resulting burden of student debt have made these concerns all too personal for Americans.

New tools abound to disrupt face-to-face instruction. Zoom and a host of easy-to-use…

Gary Schirr

3rd-career marketing professor at Radford University. Co-authored “Service Innovation,” a Harvard Business Press selection.