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June 17, 2011

Is e-learning the food-bank of education?

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 12:20 am

BY TONY BATES, e-learning and distance learning resources

We like to pat ourselves on the back for using e-learning to increase student flexibility, but one reason why our online enrollments are growing is because this is often an attempt by students to keep down their debt, by working part-time and ‘time-shifting’ their study to e-learning. One of many consequences of increasing part-time work to avoid large debts is that it takes longer to graduate as a result. In other words, online learning is becoming the food-bank of education – necessary, but often a second best alternative to dealing with the real problem, which in both cases is poverty. (Ironically, many online students are refused federal loans because they are not classified as full-time students – a double whammy).

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