After many years of incubation, online education is here in force. While the attention has been riveted on the first order learning it addresses, we believe that online education should really bring second order learning into focus. The timing could not be more propitious: new teaching approaches such as active learning are now increasingly well understood, and our desire and ability to adopt them are relatively high. External pressures on higher education provide another impetus. We believe that online tools, properly harnessed, will enrich the essential magic of the residential experience and enable a new, possibly more effective, model for higher education in the to come. We have much work ahead to understand how online and classroom learning can be closely coupled. The key will be to approach the challenge in a balanced way, in which we use the aspects of online instruction that are an advantage while also enhancing unique aspects of residential education.
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