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By Gene I. Maeroff

This is Gene Maeroff's "report from front" at the brief background and standing of on-line studying within the usa and around the globe. Maeroff is a reporter who takes you to the universities from Penn State's global Campus to the Florida digital college to the newly rising on-line studying projects in Afghanistan. His trip eventually offers a photo of how during which know-how is altering the minds of individuals with reference to the character of upper schooling. He seems to be on the approach to digital supply, the standard of the knowledge being introduced and caliber of interplay it engenders. He appears to be like on the manner rookies are adapting to this new know-how and what sort of accountability is wear the student's shoulders. ultimately, and perhaps tellingly, he seems to be on the company of on-line learning.

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Interaction has the potential to motivate students and enhance their learning, though this does not always happen. The motivational part is important because students who spend extended lengths of time online can grow lonely. Thus, online providers face the challenge of countering the possible negative effects of isolation in a classroom of one. Considerable criticism was directed at the Internet during the 1990s as being a cause of isolation and depression. Then, in 2001,1 came new evidence—from the same researcher who had earlier blamed the Internet for isolating users—showing that symptoms of depression had declined and that loneliness no longer was significantly associated with Internet use.

UCF was crowded and growing, a trend that continued during the late 1990s and into the new century. Enrollment reached 37,000 by 2002. Allocations from the state for construction were becoming more difficult to obtain, and the university was running out of space to put new buildings anyway. UCF spent $2 million a year to rent office and classroom facilities off campus. The many commuting students cruised in vain, on and off campus, for parking spaces. In retrospect, some wags contend that the University of Central Florida was pushed into online education because it ran out of space in its parking lots.

They had some latitude, though, in the way they used assignments to help students reach the stated competencies. Good online learning requires considerable preparation. Just like education in the classroom, it begins with content, without which there would be no learning. Then, technology enters the picture and rearranges the elements in ways that make e-learning considerably different from the classroom. The design of the course, the way that it goes onto the web, the manner in which students access and interact with the content—all affect outcomes.

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