Headline, June 21 2019/ ''' '' ON-LINE* - LEARNING - ON-LEVEL '' '''

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Such are the great honors that The World Students Society brings with its fearless and relentless service and work to the world.

The World Students Society rises to give its Formidable Founders, and the students of the entire world A STANDING OVATION - for their growing and unflinching support in the best offerings for humanity.

THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY - FOR EVERY SUBJECT IN THE WORLD - and its positive feedback processes have driven, and will continue to drive some of the biggest success stories of the Internet era.

Google dominates search because the more queries the company processes, the more effective its algorithms. And despite criticism and competition, Facebook dominates social media because the more members a network has, the more useful it becomes as a place for people to interact.

Similar feedback effects are poised to reshape the market for academic instructions. The move to remote courses offering had been happening slowly, fueled in part by chronic budgetary shortfalls at many colleges and universities.

But because the pandemic has greatly amplified those cost pressures, it will accelerate the transition. Although the average quality of remote instruction has been low, the sheer scale of recent efforts has sped the discovery of ways to improve it.

Mark my words, the reeling world with all its injustices and withering opportunities is just too powerful and overwhelming a problem for The World Students Society, for the students to become bystanders.

ONLINE COURSES ARE HERE TO STAY - WHATEVER the skeptics think social solidarity makes life better for rich and poor. And when the economic pie grows larger, it is necessarily possible to distribute it so that everyone gets a larger slice than before.

MANY SMART PEOPLE ARE PREDICTING THAT unpleasant experiences with online learning during the pandemic will slow or reverse trends towards remote instruction.

Little wonder : Aging Luddites like me, a university professor, struggling to transmit our thoughts over unstable Internet connections, have not been compelling advertisements for change.

After many of our students were sent home in March, many of us taught the balance of the semester's classes using Zoom, Canvas and other online resources. Few of us had any experience at this, and most of us weren't very good at it. So it's no surprise that just as skeptics have observed, things didn't always go smoothly.

Yet skepticism about remote instruction's future may be premature. Mostly, that's because those of us who struggle in today's environment aren't the ones likely to be delivering online courses in the future.

Consider this thought experiment. Which would you choose : An online course delivered by one of the world's most knowledgeable and charismatic instructors, supported by Pixar-class animators, award-winning documentary filmmakers and a team of in-person graduate teaching assistants?

Or the same course taught in person by an average instructor reading from yellowed notes? 

Different students would of course choose differently. But there is a simple reason to believe that  experience with the first option would eventually lead to a substantial proportion of students to prefer it, even if they were charged the same amount for either approach. But because of economies of scale, the remote option would enjoy a substantial cost advantage.

As Philip Cook and I wrote in our 1996 book, ''The-Winner-Take-All Society,'' these are precisely the conditions that give rise to winner-take-all markets. As technology has expanded the reach of the most able performers, they have been capturing ever larger shares of worldwide markets across a host of domains.

The tax-advice industry for example, was once served almost exclusively by local accountants. Then came H&R Block, which discovered that most returns could be completed by high school graduates with only occasional assistance from tax professionals.

More recently scores of tax software programs disrupted this market. But once reviewers anointed Intuit's TurboTax as the most comprehensive and user-friendly software, it went on to capture more than two-thirds of the online tax preparation market.

Another signature feature of a winner-take-all market is the so-called Matthew Effect. The sociologist Robert Morton coined the term, referring to a verse in the Book of Matthew : ''For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance, but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.''

As a leading producer expands its market share, additional revenues enable it to further refine the offering that made it a leader. The revenue from its early lead helped Intuit add the ability to process  state tax returns, which extended that lead.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Operational Research on Online Courses, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Professor Robert H Frank.

With respectful dedication to the Great People of Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan, the leaders of the Developing World, and Students, Professors and Teachers of the entire world.

See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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Good Night and God Bless

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