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Open University celebrates 40 years on-air PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 January 2011 14:31

altThe Open University is today celebrating the 40th anniversary of the broadcast of its first educational lecture on BBC television.

Since the ground-breaking transmission aired on BBC Two on January 3rd 1971 there have been more than 7,000 television and 4,000 radio transmissions as part of the collaboration agreement between The Open University and the BBC.

UMW geography professor teaches classes from South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 December 2010 21:22

altOn the return trip from a recent visit to South Africa, Donald Rallis missed a connecting flight to Washington, D.C., yet still managed to teach his classes - from a hotel room at London’s Heathrow Airport.

On picture: Donald Rallis in South Africa

The associate professor of geography is no stranger to distance learning. Previously, Rallis has taught classes from China, using Skype, and Cambodia, with an Internet program called Dimdim.

8 Big Mistakes Online Students Make PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:51

Teachers of online courses say students often fall victim to these common mistakes, which can cost them lots of money and hurt their academic records:

7 Reasons Why Distance Learning Rocks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 00:32

altDistance learning continues to grow and is now an option at more than two-thirds of all institutions of higher education offering at least a two-year degree. Indeed, 88 percent of public universities offer credit-granting distance education courses according to a 2006-07 survey conducted by the United States Department of Education — National Center for Education Statistics, the last year such a survey was conducted.

Education walls may crumble PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 January 2010 21:38
As several areas of American society are slowly reshaped by technology, education is one of those already seeing its influence. Though classroom learning is not likely to be replaced, the walls between localized and distance learning may one day disappear.
Duke Invites Cisco to Show 'N' Tell With Telepresence and New Toys PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 December 2010 13:21

altShould universities be suspicious of software giants bearing gifts?

Duke University has announced that it's adopting Cisco's Quad enterprise collaboration platform for use by its executive MBA students. The software offers some cool features like automatic transcription, enhanced search, and annotation of video lectures and content sharing over blogs, chatrooms, and in webinar-like formats. All these tools are meant to close the distance in distance learning, allowing students to participate in classes in real time and collaborate from their home bases in the US, England, Dubai, India, Russia, and China.

7 Tips for Distance Learning PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 June 2010 21:59

The U.S. government defines distance education as "a formal education process in which the students and instructor are not in the same place." It may seem like just about any college course satisfies this definition, but this specifically is referring to online courses that you take either in pursuit of a degree or to improve your knowledge and skills in some area. Distance learning is a really big thing these days: At any given time, more than 2.5 million students are taking these classes. And with the increasing demand for higher education, given globalization and the competitive job market, this number is bound to grow exponentially in years to come.

How to Maximize an Online Education Program PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 April 2010 11:27

Interested in learning about how to select an online program, how to successfully complete an online degree or certificate program, and how to effectively sell the online degree to a future employer?

Watertown campus offers life-like distance learning PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 February 2010 01:37

Distance learning has taken on a whole new meaning at Madison College-Watertown campus. A new technology is allowing teachers and students over 30 miles away seem as though they're physically in the same room.

On picture: Students at Madison College-Watertown campus are pictured above during a class using the new TelePresence technology. Seated from left, are Heather Zoellick, of Watertown; Lisa Tenerelli, of Reeseville; and Marilyn Martin, of Helenville. Their teacher Kris Held, in Fort Atkinson, is pictured on the far right screen. Other classmates in Fort Atkinson are also pictured on the other screens. (TERESA STOWELL/Daily Times)

U.S. Distance Learning Association Calls on FCC to Focus Reform Efforts on Innovation and Expansion PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 January 2010 02:17

The U.S. Distance Learning Association issued a response today with the Federal Communications Commission urging the commissioners to expand access to affordable, high-speed broadband service for thousands of Americans who rely on internet access for educational opportunities. They also warned the commission that efforts to implement net neutrality and impose additional regulations would put broadband expansion efforts at risk.


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