Distance education

'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.

Evaluating Online Applicants

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With the growth of virtual high schools, new issue surfaces for admissions officers.

An Experiment Takes Off

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U. of Southern California's online master's in teaching, designed to "scale up" the production of instructors, enrolls 450 students in first 6 months -- more than four times the number in its on-campus program.

Border Dispute

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Online colleges say cumbersome state-by-state approval processes are hurting them -- and America.

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