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From: bob gillis <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Distance Learning now "Mainstream"
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 15:22:52 -0400
References: <386660.79325.qm@web63407.mail.re1.yahoo.com>
In-Reply-To: <386660.79325.qm@web63407.mail.re1.yahoo.com>

LaWanna Blount, Ph.D. wrote:
> Some of you may be interested in knowing that Distance Education is
> now officially "mainstream" and the primary choice for adults. This
> was announced by Michael Lambert , Executive Director of DETC,
> Distance Education and Training Council in their Spring Newsletter.

While i do not contend that Distance Education, whatever that means,
is not in the mainstream, the Sloan paper cited in a later message
does not say that it is the primary choice for adults.
What is the definition of Distance Education? Correspondence, internet
or what. the Sloan report deals only with on line education:

> How Many Students are Learning Online? Background: For the past
> several years, online enrollments have been growing substantially
> faster than overall higher education enrollments. The expectation of
> academic leaders has been that these enrollments would continue their
> substantial growth for at least another year. Do the measured
> enrollments match these lofty expectations? The evidence: Online
> enrollments have continued to grow at rates far in excess of the
> total higher education student population, with the most recent data
> demonstrating no signs of slowing.
> * Over 3.9 million students were taking at least one online course
> during the fall 2007 term; a 12 percent increase over the number
> reported the previous year. * The 12.9 percent growth rate for online
> enrollments far exceeds the 1.2 percent growth of the overall higher
> education student population. * Over twenty percent of all U.S.
> higher education students were taking at least one online course in
> the fall of 2007.

With only 20 % taking at least one course is nowhere near being primary.

bob gillis

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