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ERIC Number: EJ1041574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1545-2522
A Moment in Time
Lonergan, David
Community & Junior College Libraries, v19 n3-4 p111-113 2013
There is a growing literature on the disappearance of the traditional model of higher education. Fewer courses are taught now than was the case just a few years ago by a full-time, permanent instructor in a single location, to students that the instructor has actually met in person. Another very real threat to the range of education is the growing tendency for departing instructors, or their specializations, not to be replaced in their departments. For many years colleges have participated in distance education, with lectures delivered to far-flung locations via television. Now online courses, where lectures are broadcast in real time, and received in real time by students at other sites, are an adaptation to computer technology of the now-elderly distance learning format. Present-day students can receive such lectures anywhere, on their PCs, not through a television set in a remote classroom. There is almost no limit to the potential for these courses, as they do not require the individual student to be at a given place, or at a given time, merely to have participated via PC during the designated time period. Many colleges offer certain high-demand courses online, even for students who are present on campus. Initially all such courses were free, but increasingly they have segued toward a monetized format. At a time when even major universities are cutting back on the range and number of courses offered, online education is looking ever more feasible as a solution. For the present, it is possible to learn from hundreds of experts, in many languages, and on almost any topic imaginable, and still largely for free. This constitutes an unprecedented opportunity for anyone with access to an Internet connection, and should be touted by librarians and instructors everywhere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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