by Christopher Cumo PERHAPS THE 21st century will be the era of the virtual classroom. In 1998, 1.6 million of America’s 14.5 million college and university students took at least one course on-line, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Between 1995 and 1998 the number of distance education programs increased 72 percent, and 44 percent of our colleges and universities offered courses on-line in 1998. But the reality is that the virtual classroom links us to a computer rather than to people. We no longer need to question one another face-to-face in a tradition as old as Plato’s Academy. E-learning may not work because it thwarts our […]
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