Online Learning: Florida’s Higher Education Challenge

by the Sun-Sentinel Editorial

The digital revolution that’s shaken so many businesses has not bypassed the hallowed halls of higher education, so it is good to see a new focus emerging on how to improve the range and quality of online classes offered by Florida’s universities. To make it happen, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford this year proposed an audacious idea: create a separate university — Florida’s 13th — dedicated solely to online learning. For sometimes it takes a powerful idea — even a problem-plagued idea — to get people’s attention. Weatherford’s goals are noble. He wants to replicate the success of Florida Virtual School, where more than 122,000 students in grades K-12 “are currently receiving a high-quality education at a fraction of the cost.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/editorials/fl-editorials-florida-universities-online-weatherf-20121230,0,4818775.story

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