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Technology advances distance education

February 24, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: Please allow me to ask this question. It is an important one, because so much activity in our society has its basis in education....

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rgargano

Feb-24-13 7:19 AM

well, you are definitly highly skilled maybe as a politition, as you talked a lot but didn't say anything.

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reallytiredofit

Feb-24-13 8:54 AM

Something in the back of my mind tells me that I don't want my Doctor or lawyer to have received their degrees from internet schools. I do believe that in some cases distant or mixed distance/traditional education is a good idea.

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liemonger

Feb-24-13 9:07 AM

Chirping in on everything and as uninformed as ever.

Sad.

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reallytiredofit

Feb-24-13 1:58 PM

Yes you are sad indeed, bluemonger!

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liemonger

Feb-24-13 3:19 PM

No, you are little lady.

Proof, yet again:

"I don't want my Doctor or lawyer to have received their degrees from internet schools."

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Citizen1

Feb-24-13 7:08 PM

Online courses are becoming increasingly standard. I took a few in the early 2000s and felt like I got more out of them than traditional style courses.

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Billdog

Feb-25-13 12:22 PM

Patrick, anybody with a bachelor degree can get a license to be a substitute teacher. The important part of that is substitute, and it is only good for so long. You sound like Peggy Hill. There is a difference between distance learning and classroom learning. Many employers when given the choice see that BRICK AND MORTAR degree as better. As a person with a small business I will hire a person with a real earned diploma over the internet diploma, GED, etc... every time.

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UneducatedDrone

Feb-25-13 8:51 PM

Come on now Willie, what's wrong with a Good Enough Diploma?

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mdvlst

Mar-01-13 9:32 AM

Those are fine credentials, but how many distance courses have you taken? From my experience both taking and teaching them, online courses are not generally not as effective as in-class courses.

No doubt, much of this has to do with teachers not being trained how to effectively teach using technology. But I think that there is still something to be said for the community and smaller size of in-person classes. Online courses certainly have their uses, but I would never voluntarily take one on a subject I care about if I had the opportunity to take an in-person course.

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