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I would agree that a tailored and personal online experience is the best way to spread knowledge to the world. Yet, residential colleges still have a place in teaching reason and teaching through experience. The best part of my academic experiences has not been the disengaged lecture and graded problem sets. Instead it has been the real time feedback I from professors in lecture when I ask a question about something just does not make sense. It also comes from the quality time in office hours where I can hear every story of how one piece of knowledge integrated with a professor's research or professional career. In an ideal world, you could offer and get credit for either version depending on your personal preference. This would mean that those students who thrived on powerpoint and psets could learn at a pace that suited them and those of us who actually thrive by asking questions in class and sitting in office hours could have smaller, similarly tailored experiences.

Education & Facilities, Educational experiences