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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.

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.

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:


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