I feel especially close to the 20 undergraduate students who just completed my five-week summer session marketing class. This close bond wasn’t a result of the usual experiences that bring students and their instructors together, like individual office meetings or vibrant classroom discussions.
The closeness was created digitally, because this was a class delivered entirely online.
In recent years, the traditional college classroom has changed. It is quieter than it used to be. Today, students hide behind their laptops taking notes. They find participating in classroom discussions almost offensive. Verbal expression has been lost in a student culture dominated by technology.