How to stay ahead at work: the rise of remote learning

Posted in Teaching on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“During Ann Hayes’s hour-long commute to work on the Luas, most people are hunched over their smartphones or staring vacantly out the windows. She, on the other hand, is nose-deep in textbooks and notes as she studies for her business studies degree at UCD …” (more)

[John Rainsford and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 March]


Inmates’ university courses cost over €135,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The taxpayer last year funded Open University courses to the tune of over €135,000 for prison inmates to study the likes of creative writing, art – and crime. New figures provided by the Department of Justice confirm that the Irish Prison Service (IPS) last year spent £102,292 (€137,860) for 54 prisoners to sit Open University courses …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 4 April]

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Full-time third-level education for all is a luxury we can’t afford

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: Third-level courses cost everyone a lot of money, whereas distance learning does not. Could it be that sending our children to college is an extravagance? Something that would be nice to have, but we can’t really afford and do not really need? …” (more)

[Brian Mulligan, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Browse your online options for free and fee-paying courses

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2014 by steve

“Distance learning is not a new phenomenon. The Open University (OU) was founded in 1971 as a print-based distance teaching institution with four multi-disciplinary foundation courses in the arts, social sciences, science and maths …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Will university campuses soon be ‘over’?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“The Open University has topped this year’s National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction. Meanwhile, we are seeing a growth in e-learning and Moocs (massive open online courses). Will traditional university campuses decline to make way for e-learning? …” (more)

[Harriet Swain, Guardian, 1 October]

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Distance Learning and the Future of Education

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“There is a lot of discussion in higher education about rising costs and a hope that technology could be used to make education more efficient and effective. Distance learning and digital education is the latest fashion in education …” (more)

[Steven Cohen, Huffington Post, 1 October]

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Online Scheme Highlights Fears About Distance-Education Fraud

Posted in Legal issues on January 14th, 2010 by steve

“An Arizona woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to running an elaborate scam that highlights what federal authorities describe as the vulnerability of online education to financial-aid fraud. The scheme embroiled Rio Salado College, home to one of America’s largest online programs, in a half-million-dollar con …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 January]

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Distance learning comes a long way

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2009 by steve

“Having courses come to the students – instead of the other way round – is the logical next step at Blanchardstown institute. From next year, students at Blanchardstown Institute of Technology (ITB) won’t have to show up for lectures. Instead, the courses will come to them …” (more)

[Gordon Smith, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Online Education’s Great Unknowns

Posted in Teaching on October 22nd, 2009 by steve

USA“Distance learning has broken into the mainstream of higher education. But at the campus level, many colleges still know precious little about how best to organize online programs, whether those programs are profitable, and how they compare to face-to-face instruction in terms of quality. That is what Kenneth C. Green, director of the Campus Computing Project, concludes in a study released today in conjunction with the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 22 October]

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The Distance Ed Tipping Point

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2009 by steve

USA“As colleges moved into distance education, many questions were raised about how they could serve this new group of students. And colleges responded, with new ideas about online learning resources, academic advising online and so forth. But what about after distance education takes off? At what point does the question shift from what a college does to offer quality online programs to how a college needs to change in its entirety when it reaches a tipping point in enrolments – and at what point does such a change take place? …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 26 May]


Distance Education Becomes a Major Part of Course Catalogues

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2008 by steve

“A majority of colleges in the United States — 65% — offer college-level, credit-granting distance-education courses, according to a survey released today by the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Education. It is another sign that distance education is becoming a staple of college life. Although the survey did not compare the present to the past, recent data from colleges indicate a jump in online enrolment …” (more)

[Josh Fischman, Chronicle, 30 December]

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