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When I finally got in, it was a mess. Classmates had erased names, substituted their own and added oodles of blank spaces. My little group of nine stayed intact, To Success- Self-Education Online Inequality In Higher Education Online but it was disappointing (in a snobbish sort of way) that we were forced to include 11 strangers who typed their names alongside ours. How can you really have a good small group discussion with 20 people anyway? (I remember a professor once telling me that positive effects of small class size evaporate once you exceed 15 students). With Google Docs imploding, the teacher suggested that some people randomly start a discussion thread and then asked that 19 others randomly jump on that thread to form a group. But, apparently, the small group discussion technology didnt cap the participants at 20. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit