Archive for distance learning

Online Scheme Highlights Fears About Distance-Education Fraud

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 14 January 2010 by Steve

“An Arizona woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to running an elaborate scam that highlights what federal authorities describe as the vulnerability of online education to financial-aid fraud. The scheme embroiled Rio Salado College, home to one of America’s largest online programs, in a half-million-dollar con …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 January]


Distance learning comes a long way

Posted in teaching with tags , on 18 December 2009 by Steve

“Having courses come to the students – instead of the other way round – is the logical next step at Blanchardstown institute. From next year, students at Blanchardstown Institute of Technology (ITB) won’t have to show up for lectures. Instead, the courses will come to them …” (more)

[Gordon Smith, Irish Times, 18 December]

Online Education’s Great Unknowns

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 22 October 2009 by Steve

USA“Distance learning has broken into the mainstream of higher education. But at the campus level, many colleges still know precious little about how best to organize online programs, whether those programs are profitable, and how they compare to face-to-face instruction in terms of quality. That is what Kenneth C. Green, director of the Campus Computing Project, concludes in a study released today in conjunction with the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 22 October]

Distance Education Becomes a Major Part of Course Catalogues

Posted in teaching with tags , on 30 December 2008 by Steve

“A majority of colleges in the United States — 65% — offer college-level, credit-granting distance-education courses, according to a survey released today by the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Education. It is another sign that distance education is becoming a staple of college life. Although the survey did not compare the present to the past, recent data from colleges indicate a jump in online enrolment …” (more)

[Josh Fischman, Chronicle, 30 December]