Distance education

The Evidence on Online Education

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It is superior in student learning to face-to-face instruction, says new meta-analysis from Education Department. And "blended" education does better still.

Blackboard Buys iPhone-Application Company

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The course management giant announces that it has purchased a company run by Stanford undergraduates.

Outsourcing Teaching, Overseas

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In Utah State degree program in Asia, "lead professors" (from Utah) design the course work and assign the grade, but "local facilitators" (from partner universities) deliver much of the course content.

'The World Is Open'

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Technology is changing higher education in more ways than can be counted. Distance education has become common. Leading universities are putting course materials or even entire courses online -- free. The Obama plan for community colleges envisions free online courses that could be used nationwide. Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, surveys this landscape in The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (Jossey-Bass).

Going For Distance

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Online education is now part of "fabric" of public universities, a new study finds. But teaching on the Web is a lot of work, and professors are not happy about lack of support from administrators.

What Doomed Global Campus?

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The attempt by the University of Illinois to build an online institution was a huge failure. What can it teach us?

New Player in Course Management Software

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It's Learning, which has many university clients in Europe, looks to grab a share of the U.S. market by stressing ease of use, individual learning plans.

Educational Culture Clash

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Complaint by black college against distance education university raises question: Do limits on program duplication make sense in the online era?

Dodging Swine Online

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Advice for combating a swine flu outbreak: cover your mouth, wash your hands, and brush up on your online course delivery system.

Sustainable Hybrids

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Case study by South Texas College suggests that courses that a blend of classroom and distance education can produce better outcomes than either one by itself.

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