Analyzing the Trends: Distance Education–Resistance is Futile

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by Chris Cumo THE IDYLLIC UNIVERSITY has ivory-laced buildings, sprawling greens, and vast oaks through which light bathes the campus in a gentle sheen. Its nucleus is the classroom, where teacher and student trade ideas, the professor gesticulating to make a point, her hands and blouse smeared with chalk and the board covered with a string of provocative assertions. Such interaction between student and instructor faces competition from online courses. Some three decades ago Open University began offering courses by modem, though all faculty were then full-time according to John Hirschbuhl, who has been writing about distance education for nearly 20 years as professor of education […]
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