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On March 10, Jonathan Zimmerman, an education and history professor at the University of Pennsylvania, argued in the Chronicle Review that the coronavirus crisis provides an opportunity to generate evidence about the efficacy of online instruction. Dr. Zimmerman asserts that we owe it to our students to find out whether online truly provides a viable educational environment-and this is true. However, we should not treat this crisis as an opportunity to evaluate online education because we are not turning the face-to-face courses offered across the country into true online courses -we are doing something very different. …

Michael Hill

Education researcher and lecturer at UC Davis. His research focuses on the impact of online and blended learning on student outcomes. www.michaelshill.net

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