Probably the most common objection to the DIY U vision is the supposed lack of personal connection when people are learning online. This is an important concern. No matter where you are on your educational journey, having a mentor and advisor is key. And it's exactly the students ill-served by the current educational system -- because they are poor, they live in rural areas, are the first in their families to go to college, have learning disabilities or negative interactions with formal education -- who are most in need of a stable person in their life who can provide encouragement, a sense of educational direction, or just a role model.
Yet it's a mistake to assume this can't be done online, and by doing so, we're cutting ourselves off from an optimal educational future. Here's a couple of examples that I've come across lately.
Last Wednesday I moderated a panel on "Democratizing Education: The Key to Global