Distance Education: Clarifying Real Goals

Much has and will continue to be written about the issue of educational technology and particularly online education.  Technologists, educationalists, politicians and pundits have all weighed in with their insights and projections.  They see the benefits of online education ranging from “historically transformational” to cutting the “bloated” budgets of our nation’s universities and getting professors back in the (online) classroom teaching.  Only lip service is paid to the real costs and benefits of online education and the potential for catastrophic failure that lies ahead.  In what follows we outline those issues as we see them.

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