Online classes for foreign students come with geopolitical barriers

Sonja Knutson, director of the office for international students at Memorial University in St. John’s, realized that there were many political implications for students she had not considered. 

A student living in Iran could not buy an e-book for a class since many don’t have access to credit cards. 

Knutson and her colleagues realized that many of Memorial’s international students could be experiencing the same problem as they take online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The same curriculum that we could deliver privately in the classroom is now going to be subject to monitoring in countries around the world,” she said.

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