Online learning: notable quotes IV

Online learning: notable quotes IV

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

On a Sloan-C affiliated quality scorecard for the administration of online education programs

“These are metrics that can be adopted by accrediting bodies that are maybe struggling with how they might evaluate online programs at both traditional and nontraditional universities.”
Francis X. Mulgrew, president, online branch of Post University
SOURCE: “Comparing Online Programs,” Inside Higher Education, March 24, 2011


On rural online learning

“Looking toward the future, rural educators and students need comparable technology to urban areas, and future-proof broadband infrastructure which can meet today’s needs and address future requirements.”
Jesse Ward, policy analyst for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
SOURCE: “Online learning is the future of education,” Rural Community Building blog, March 22, 2011


On a new culture of learning

“We feel the leaders of the 21st century are going to be the ones who can ask the best questions and drive things forward. The kinds of questions we are talking about lead to outcomes and those also provide a kind of verification as to whether the questions are good ones or not.”
Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, authors of A New Culture of Learning
SOURCE: “Q&A With The Authors of A New Culture of Learning,” Forbes blog, March 20, 2011


On the unique value of online learning

“One could even argue that the online courses now being offered take education to a higher level: distance learning allows students to study whilst working (which means new knowledge can be immediately applied) as well as allowing them to study with people from all over the world. For example, I have an Iranian-Canadian student from the not-for-profit sector working in Columbia who is working on a group assignment with a Guinean petroleum engineer working in Congo. How often does that occur in the face-to-face environment?”
Stuart Dixon, director of the Euro*MBA distance learning MBA programme
SOURCE: “Ask the experts: Online Learning 2011,” FT.com, March 16, 2011


On blended learning

“Blended learning has the potential to upend today’s factory-model school system, which standardizes the way it teaches and tests, and instead enable personalized learning approaches for all students. Many experts agree that targeting students’ different learning needs at different times will in turn result in higher achievement as each student can realize his or her full human potential.”
Michael Horn, author, Disrupting Class
SOURCE: “To Out-Educate, We Must Out-Innovate,” Forbes.com, February 10, 2011