Distance education

Continued Growth for 2 Distance Ed Models

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A multi-college consortium broadens availability of online courses, while an institution founded by 19 Western governors exceeds expectations (belatedly).

In Class From 8 a.m. to 9:50 p.m

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A Tennessee community college is offering students the option of maintaining full-time status by taking classes only on Fridays.

When IM Is the Best Way to Stay on Top

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At Ivy Tech Community College, a system serving more than 115,000 students on 23 campuses, faculty members embrace instant messaging to maintain contact with their students.

Scenes from St. Paul, Day 3

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A professor comes to town as a delegate, a college rigs up a remote class from the convention and foreign journalism fellows get their first taste of American political theater.

I'll Take My Lecture to Go, Please

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It looks like students can be open-minded after all: When provided with the option to view lectures online, rather than just in person, a full 82 percent of undergraduates kindly offered that they'd be willing to entertain an alternative to showing up to class and paying attention in real time.

A new study released today suggests not only a willingness but a "clear preference" among undergraduates for "lecture capture," the technology that records, streams and stores what happens in the classroom for concurrent or later viewing.

Online Campus, Part II: The Spinoff

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University of Illinois proposes seeking independent accreditation for its underperforming Global Campus unit in effort to gain flexibility and expand offerings.

With Students Flocking Online, Will Faculty Follow?

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As demand continues to grow, colleges are still mulling how online teaching fits into the scheme of things, with competing models for supporting (and paying) faculty.

As Economy Wavers, Online Enrollments Climb

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Annual study finds double-digit gains in online education, in part due to fuel costs, surprising some who predicted the rate would eventually flatten.

Disincentive for Distance Learning

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Under new GI Bill, veterans who study solely online won't be eligible for housing allowance that traditional students receive. Is privileging the on-campus experience overly romantic, or smart policy?

Nonprofit Colleges as Takeover Targets

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Investors are buying traditional institutions -- but the hurdles, including "cultural risks," are many.

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