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Segal Column Reflects on Electronic, Distance Learning

In his Bangor Daily News blog, “Education: Future Imperfect,” University of Maine professor of history Howard Segal reflects on the impersonal nature of interactive television classes. Though videoconferencing technology has improved since the mid-1990s, Segal points out that by teaching before a classroom of students, instructors can assess how well they are getting through to students through facial and intellectual responses. Segal cautions against a “blind faith in high-tech hardware and software to replace traditional teacher-student formats” that characterizes so much educational advocacy today.

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