Distance education

Universities at a Crossroads

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WASHINGTON – Given the influence of rapid globalization and the emergence of knowledge-based societies, the universities of the future will bear virtually no resemblance to those of today. Or so argued a group of American and Asian education leaders who gathered here Monday to speculate on how the sector may evolve to meet future challenges.

Seed of Doubt

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Is online education as good as traditional, face-to-face education?

It is a loaded question. Online programs comprise the fastest-growing segment of higher education, with brick-and-mortar colleges — many ailing from budget cuts — seeing online as a way to make money and expand their footprints. Meanwhile, some politicians are eager for public institutions to embrace online education as a way to educate more people at a lower cost.

A Political Online Push

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When Jon Stewart asked Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty last week for some examples of how he intended to administer “limited and effective” government, the Republican governor did not roll out boilerplate rhetoric on welfare or farm subsidies. Instead, he took square aim at traditional higher education.

A Marriage Made in Indiana

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Just about everywhere you turn, state leaders are searching for a way to use online education to expand the reach of their public higher education systems at a time of diminished resources.

Continuing Debate Over Online Education

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Online education has become a hot topic recently, with more and more institutions wanting to expand offerings. And that makes studies of the quality of online education important -- and controversial.

Buying Local, Online

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That online education knows no geographical limitations is considered one of the platform’s more disruptive qualities.

California Dreamer

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Much of the news surrounding the University of California system has involved whether the network of universities will be able to survive its current budgetary crisis without shrinking in size or quality. In that context, it is no surprise that Christopher Edley Jr.’s plan to use online education to expand the university’s footprint “from Kentucky to Kuala Lumpur” has turned some heads -- and churned some stomachs.

Blinding Technology of Online Learning

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Will digital education face legal scrutiny for shutting out blind students?

Outsourcing Plus

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Arizona State makes Pearson an equal partner in the university's online education offering.

Proctor or Gamble

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Analysis of cheating research finds that key factor isn't whether the course is online, but whether anyone is watching how students take the tests.

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