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Doing well in high-school is no guarantee of university success

Computers are being proposed as the latest replacement for human graders.

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The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

Only a tenth of students complete online courses

Compared to about a 30 per cent dropout rate from general university programs, only a tenth of the students who sign up for massive open online courses finish. The founders of one online provider say that's because most people who sign up do so only to have an educational flutter

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Few high-schoolers are prepared for university

Getting into a postsecondary institution is the first step in what are usually four years of hard work and unrelenting deadlines. Most students – even those who were accomplished in high school – are ill prepared.

Don't let computers mark assignments

Limited advances in artificial intelligence mean that using computers to grade assignments shortchanges students who deserve personal feedback on their work.

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Postsecondary Education Reporter

Simona Chiose covers postsecondary education for The Globe and Mail. She was previously the paper’s Education Editor, coordinating coverage of all aspects of education, from kindergarten to college and university. She has a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. More

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