by Melissa Doak REMEMBER THOSE OLD t.v. commercials for correspondence courses? I do. At eleven years old, I was fascinated with all the things I could choose to learn by mail. Why did anyone go to college when they could call a toll-free number for information about how to earn more money and respect than they had ever imagined? Incredible professional opportunities awaited me—medical transcriptionist, veterinary technician, refrigeration specialist…. Distance education has come a long way from those correspondence courses advertised after dinner on Saturday night to poor unemployed souls. Then, as now, instructors were separated from students by time […]
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