Instruction Under Surveillance

One minute the class looked like any online session, neat boxes framing the faces of students and their professor.The next, some of those faces disappeared, replaced by avatars, pseudonyms, and shots of the ceiling. The reason: Discussion in the course on Chinese society had turned to politics, and students in the class from China had pulled out of the conversation, afraid that their government could be listening in.The incident was reported last spring at Emory University, part of a survey of Chinese students and instructors at the private college about their experience with the shift from in-person classes to online.On
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