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Changing Landscape of Education

Aug - 4 - 2012
Nicole C. Engard

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project tackles the issue of web-based learning.

Pew and Elon University said that 60 percent of internet experts, researchers, observers and users polled said they agreed that by 2020, “there will be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources … a transition to ‘hybrid’ classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings.” By comparison, 39 percent endorsed the contrary position that “in 2020 higher education will not be much different from the way it is today.”

As an educator and a learner I always prefer learning in person. The one on one attention and the ability to see the person teaching me (and if I’m teaching, seeing the people I’m teaching) is essential to my learning style. That said, it’s not always possible to take classes in person.

I went to library school 100% remotely because I was working full time while getting the degree – having that option made it so that I was able to finish library school in one year instead of 5. So I agree that more schools need to offer remote options, but I’d hate to see a world where all learning was done online and we didn’t go to classes anymore.

More via GigaOM.


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