Online Learning, Teaching and Misleading Opinions

07/26/2012

A couple of pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post have attracted some attention over the past couple of weeks for their descriptions of online and blended-learning environments–and both have made the mistake of assuming that just because one experience is a certain way,
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Distance learning: the best of both worlds?

07/10/2012

Two years ago I decided that I wanted to go back to university to study an MA. There was only one barrier: money. Did I really want to return to a life of Pot Noodles?

Haunted by memories of penny-pinching as an undergraduate, I decided to do things differently. I kept my d
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Applying to university – the advantages of distance learning

05/22/2012

Looking for a challenge, sixth former Jen Truby signed up to take Open University level-2 qualifications in astronomy and planetary science alongside her A-levels in maths, further maths and physics.  She left Kendrick school, Oxford, to study for a degree in physical science by dist
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Distance learning: the students who combine education and employment

05/17/2012

On the face of it, Rashid Balogun and Sara Wingham have little in common. Rashid, 49, is a Los Angeles-based accountant, Sara, a 29-year-old analyst living and working in Hereford. Rashid has a PhD in Business Administration. Until recently, Sara had no higher education. Yet, despite s
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Making Education Innovation Come to Life

05/16/2012

Having taken an extended vacation the past few weeks, I returned to the United States to see that the pace of innovation in education is continuing at a breakneck pace. From my perch, here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting happenings in that time:

Online learning i
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Avoiding the Diploma Mill - How to Choose an Online School

05/07/2012

So, you decided to return to school to further your education but you want to do it online. This can be a great idea for busy working people as it will definitely save you time and make it easier to fit your educational goals into your schedule. However, you do need to be careful that th
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Universities setting a course for home

04/20/2012

As prospective students face up to the increased cost of higher education, universities have become keenly aware of the need to offer cheaper options. Higher education providers are, as a result, increasingly looking to develop novel, workplace-relevant distance learning versions of
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In praise of the long distance learning student

03/26/2012

Lecturer James Derounian explores the loneliness of the long distance learning student and celebrates their commitment, hard work and long hours.

The vast majority of my students at University of Gloucestershire are part-time, mature, distance learners. We now have more than 1,0
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Bright Spots Shine in Online Blended Learning

02/29/2012

A month has passed since the first-ever national Digital Learning Day. Given the excitement generated from teachers and others tuning in to the National Town Hall meeting and given today’s National Leadership Summit on Online Learning up on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that iNAC
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Live and learn with distance learning

02/03/2012

Distance learning has come far since the days of late-night TV lectures. We speak to students who have turned their lives around from the comfort of their homes

Andrea Goldshaw gets up at 5am, studies for three hours and then goes to work. She is in the second year of a law c
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