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Tech is great, but don’t sell off your classrooms just yet

The rise of online learning raises the question, do we really need big, costly campuses? While e-learning brings benefits, right now it is no substitute for face-to-face learning, writes Andy Forbes

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I’ve been involved in reviewing my college’s estates strategy recently. As we’ve been considering options for refurbishment and new buildings, it’s got me wondering once again what a 21st-century FE college might look like.

Will the student of the future be instructed by robots and inhabit virtual-reality rather than physical classrooms? Will the college of the future no longer be a large building with people studying in it, but a technology hub into which online learners plug themselves?

The technology is already with us – it’s dazzling, exciting and developing fast. We now routinely access ...

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