I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Santa Monica. To onlookers, I probably look like I'm catching up on YouTube videos. What I'm actually doing is participating in an online, live class discussion for a Harvard course called "Educational Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Comparative Perspective." My fellow classmates are from exotic locations around the world like Borneo, Macedonia, France, and Ecuador. We're talking about common educational challenges and how we can address them in innovative ways. As a seasoned online instructor, you may think I'd be a bit jaded by the novelty of distance education. Well I'm not! This is truly amazing! It's hard to believe that I'm able to collaborate with other professionals anywhere in the world with my laptop, an internet connection, and headphones...