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Quotes & Quotations About Distance Learning
Comments and observations on the importance of distance learning from politicians, educators and others
"Online learning can enable learning to happen in a variety of contexts, locations, and times; it allows for a transformation of curriculum and learning."
"There was a campaign really to portray me as being religiously opposed to the whole concept of for-profit colleges, which I'm not and never have been. I think they have a lot to contribute."- Robert Shireman, former U.S. Education Department official, quoted in February 2011
"Faculty are moving forward, technologies are improving, and student demand is increasing -- but few changes are taking place in the university structure as a whole to accommodate the special needs of the distance-learning student."
"The earliest form of distance learning took place through correspondence courses in Europe. This was the accepted norm until the middle of this (the 20th) century, when instructional radio and television became popular."
"The question is no longer IF the internet can transform learning in powerful ways."
"[The] whole idea of being able to work on a computer and plot functions and stuff is a great concept. It's nice to be able to see what a function actually does rather than have to try and draw a mental image - or even worse, plot it out by hand - or even much worse, just accept the idea that something works just because some thick math book says so."
"The fastest-growing for-profit universities has driven innovation with online learning more aggressively that their not-for-profit and public university counterparts."
"Preparing students today for tomorrow's workforce has a lot to do with teaching about how to use and evaluate knowledge. The Internet is rapidly becoming the biggest repository of information we have ever known. The key will be our ability to find, evaluate and use the information it provides...Students must know how to evaluate data."
"Today's child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment, where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects and schedules."
"Online learning can be a lifeline to those who have obstacles, such as geographical distances or physical disabilities."
"The virtue of a computer in the classroom is that it requires a user, not a watcher."
all types and sizes of institutions show a steady increase in the
importance of online education in their long-term strategy."
typical bachelor's degree recipient can expect to earn about 75 percent
more over a 40-year working life than the typical high-school graduate.
Average lifetime earnings for doctoral-degree recipients are between 2
1/2 and three times higher than average lifetime earnings for
high-school graduates, and even higher for professional-degree
"Distance learning students are
committed to their coursework, usually for the purpose of advancing in
their careers. For this reason, you can expect quality work and
diligent participation from students."
"Distance learning and
broadband access to the world wide web of knowledge and information is
the great equalizer. Maybe some day it will even move us towards world
peace, environmental balance, and personal fulfillment."
"In my experience, it takes about twice as long — prep time,
putting materials together — to actually deliver the online
course than it does to deliver the on-campus course."
"It is virtually impossible to
engage students in purposeful and meaningful inquiry without the
Internet and communication technologies to precipitate and sustain
discourse that is central to higher order learning. Well-designed
blended learning can be a much more engaged and meaningful learning
experience than sitting passively in a lecture hall."
"They're right there. They're
listening. And they like talking to each other, typing to each other.
That, I think, is a big attraction, because they get to engage real
time with the other students as much as with me."
“Within five years, there will be lots of blended models such as students
going to school two days a week, and working at home three days a week."
"...by the year 2016 about one-quarter of all high school courses
will be online and that by the year 2019 about one-half of all high school courses will
"The data collected in this current study supports that prediction and it is conceivable that by 2016 online enrollments could reach between 5 and 6 million K-12 (mostly high school) students."
"...online and blended learning grew by forty-seven percent between 2005-2006
Top Schools Specializing In Online Degrees:
Offers a very wide range of bachelor's, master's and associates degrees in
- Criminal Justice
- Health Care
- Computer Technology
- Information Systems
- Legal Studies
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Colorado Technical University
CTU is a large institution based on Colorado Springs with over 25,000 students. It has solid regional accreditation (the best kind) and has been ranked #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities by Military Times Magazine. Offers associate's and bachelor's degrees online in
- Criminal Justice (multiple specialties)
- Project Management
- Information Systems (multiple specialties)
- Electrical Engineering
Learn more about Colorado Tech's degree programs
Iowa-based school established in 1918, Ashford offers a vast array of online degrees online across the range from associate to bachelor and masters, in addition to it's campus-based programs. (Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.) Degrees available in:
- Business Management - BA & MBA in 19 different specialties
- Early Childhood Education
- Health Care Studies
- Homeland Security
- Sports Managment
Get information on Ashford's online programs
Liberty is a private Christian school that has grown into a major provider of online degree programs. Tuition is moderate, and the school offers flexible payment plans. The school offers a very wide array of degrees and certificates, with many at the masters level, in specialties including:
- Business (numerous specialties)
- Criminal Justice
- Sports Medicine
Get free info on Liberty University Online
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