Online learning: notable quotes II

Online learning: notable quotes II

Here are some notable quotes about the world of online learning from the past several months.

On open courseware

“Free lectures and open syllabi and reading lists are great if the goal is enrichment for people who are already successful in formal higher education. But if the goal is to truly give access to high-quality postsecondary education to most people, well, for that you need to do a lot more.”
Joel Smith, vice provost and chief information officer at Carnegie Mellon
SOURCE: “An Open Mind,” New York Times, April 8, 2010


On web links and learning

“Distance education is growing quickly at community colleges, according to the results of a study published by the Instructional Technology Council. For the 2008-9 academic year, enrollment in distance learning at community colleges grew 22 percent over the 2007-8 academic year, up from a growth rate of 11 percent in the previous year.”
Mary Helen Miller, Wired Campus, Chronicle of Higher Education blog
SOURCE: “Distance Education’s Rate of Growth Doubles at Community CollegeWired Campus, April 13, 2010


On the iGeneration and learning

“iGeners are growing up with portable technology. Literally from birth, these children are able to grow up using mobile technology. But I also look at the little ‘i’ as reflecting the individualized culture—reflecting our needs and desires.”
Larry D. Rosen, author and psychology professor
SOURCE: “Author: ‘iGeneration’ requires a different approach to instruction,” eSchool News, April 12, 2010


On investments in learning innovation

“Technology drivers, shifts in delivery, emerging context variables, and new business models are attracting the one thing that matters most to innovation and scale–money. While there is still a dearth of government and foundation investment in learning research and development, the private sector is finally stepping in.”
Tom Vander Ark, partner in Vander Ark/Ratcliff, an education public affairs firm
SOURCE: “The 3×5 Learning Revolution,” Huffington Post, April 3, 2010


On online education and traditional college students

“I particularly do not think it’s appropriate for 18-to-24-year-olds. They need to get out of their bedroom.”
John Ebersole, president, Excelsior College
SOURCE: “Coffee with Excelsior president Ebersole,” College Inc. blog from the Washington Post, March 16, 2010