By Gene I. Maeroff
This is Gene Maeroff's "report from front" at the brief heritage and standing of on-line studying within the usa and world wide. Maeroff is a reporter who takes you to the colleges from Penn State's global Campus to the Florida digital college to the newly rising on-line studying tasks in Afghanistan. His trip eventually presents a image of ways within which expertise is altering the minds of individuals in regards to the character of upper schooling. He seems on the approach to digital supply, the standard of the knowledge being brought and caliber of interplay it engenders. He appears on the manner novices are adapting to this new know-how and what sort of accountability is wear the student's shoulders. ultimately, and perhaps tellingly, he appears to be like on the company of on-line learning.
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These taped telecourses in a wide range of disciplines try to make full use of television’s most sophisticated production techniques to come up with segments that are more than simply a series of talking heads. But despite the freedom that the PBS approach provides to earn academic credits without going to a campus, potential students have never regarded the courses with anything near the enthusiasm that quickly enveloped online learning. Common to various modes of distance education—even prior to the advent of e-learning—was the philosophy that a lone learner in his virtual classroom of one should be able to pursue education without having to enter a formal classroom.
So attractive was this proposition that many oncampus students also took some of their courses through LEEP on a space-available basis. Formal education relies on some form of two-way communication to produce learning and, as in LEEP, it need not involve a teacher and students gathering in a classroom. The ability to learn depends, as always, primarily on the learner, regardless of the setting. The notion of a class of one therefore is neither new nor radical. People have read books and learned on their own for centuries.
1 William Rainey Harper developed correspondence courses at the Chautauqua College in the 1880s and, using what he had learned, instituted correspondence programs at the University of Chicago after he became its founding president in 1892. Growing numbers of universities across the country adopted education by correspondence throughout the late nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century. An impetus was the outreach mission, through so-called extension courses, that was vested in the many landgrant institutions established by states during the second half of the nineteenth century.
A Classroom of One: How Online Learning is Changing our Schools and Colleges by Gene I. Maeroff