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October 05, 2010


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Todd Newton

You are welcome. I will keep this in mind for a future post topic. :)


Hello.This article was really fascinating, especially because I was browsing for thoughts on this issue last week..... i really enjoy your blog

Bryan Miles

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Online learning is the future. I think that we will see less traditional classrooms and more virtual ones.

ellen wagner

Oh, Becky. I can always count on you to ask the easy question. :-)

There are lots of good online and for-profit models out there. Take a look at College Choices for Adults, You will see how a number of for-profits, not-for-profits and state funded schools have joined together to build a data model for comparing different programs across institutions.

So it's not that I would propose another model. Rather, I would attend to some of the more controversial issues that are popping up around current models.

For example, one such issue revolves around aggressive student recruitment and advising that pushes students into financial aid instruments that they can't afford.

Issues with student authentication always creep into any conversation involving online. How do we know who is really taking that class? How do we know they are doing their school work? What if they drop out? How do we know the last day of attendance so we can figure out student loan repayment?

What about the "adjunct faculty" problem?

And of course, the biggest bugaboo of all - QUALITY. How to define quality? THAT conversation can go on forever. Because quality for online can't be point-by-point compared with traditional F2F, and then saying that online isn't as good because it's not the same. Like comparing apples and zebras.

Obviously many more things one could say. Might mean a whole blogpost on the topic.

training education

Distance learning provides a wealth of knowledge to students. It will enable them to learn a lot of things using the internet technology.

Becky Smith

Dear Ellen,

If you ran an online,for-profit university, what would you do differently, better, more of, less of...?

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