Online Learning Update

September 25, 2012

Log On and Learn: The Promise of Access in Online Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Daphne Koller, Forbes

Much of the discussion and debate around bringing higher education online has touched upon the implications of putting course material online versus in-person teaching. There are many questions floating around, such as how will students benefit from online classes if course credit isn’t given? What does the future hold for traditional brick and mortar institutions? While these points are important and not to be dismissed, there is a key issue that education pundits are often overlooking: the issue of access. For millions of people around the world, the choice is not between attending traditional university and online courses, between seeing a lecture in person and watching one online. As Princeton professor Mitch Duneier said in a recent op-ed on The Chronicle of Higher Education, for many students, the choice is between online education and no education at all.

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