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ERIC Number: EJ837482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
Positioning Online Learning as a Strategic Asset in the Thinking of University Presidents and Chancellors
Smith, Samuel H.; Smith, Samuel H.; Samors, Robert; Mayadas, A. Frank
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v12 n2 p91-100 Jul 2008
Within our nation's public universities, online courses and programs have been increasing in number. This increase has led to the establishment of a National Commission on Online Learning through a collaborative effort between the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. This commission intends to examine the core questions: how do college and university presidents and chancellors view online learning, what levels of information--both operational and policy-related--do they have about this developing field, and do they view it as a strategic asset or simply a newer means of teaching students? Online learning is becoming an increasingly popular way for students to take courses and for faculty to teach, with the number of students taking at least one online course growing more than ten times as rapidly as the head count enrollments in post-secondary education. Clearly, the time is right to reframe a national dialogue amongst the leaders of our traditional universities and colleges about this asset.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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