Dis­ad­van­taged pop­u­la­tions need higher-​​touch ser­vices, not self-​​services,” said Peter Stokes, an expert on edu­ca­tion inno­va­tion at North­eastern University.

Abdoulaye Coulibaly, 26, is an Eng­lish master’s stu­dent at Felix Houphouet Boigny Uni­ver­sity in the West African nation of Ivory Coast. He does not believe online edu­ca­tion can or should replace the classroom.

We’re going to be very lazy online,” he said. “If you put my class online I’m going to take it and I’m not going to come to the uni­ver­sity again. We need to come to class. They’re the teachers and they have to teach us. If we don’t under­stand, we need to ask ques­tions. That’s the only way for us to understand.”

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