To Jo Grady and the UCU

Harry Butcher

I wonder how you can keep a straight face when you say that UK universities ‘stand ready to support students with high-quality remote learning‘. I don’t know what your classes are like – I’m sure you work hard to make them the best they can be. But no amount of tinkering can change the decidedly low quality of online learning – ask a student instead of relying on navel-gazing amongst colleagues, and you’ll soon discover how impossibly demotivating it is to be educated in front of a laptop; most likely in the same room that you sleep, staring for hours at the same screen you watch Netflix, sat on a chair half a metre from your bed. Less than half even attend most of my zoom classes.

I’m sure working from home is fine if you’re a lecturer with a big house somewhere quiet – but as a…

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