Online learning: recent notable quotes (2012)

Online learning: recent notable quotes (2012)

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

On European online education

“The availability and popularity of online education in Europe is on the rise. Following the revolutionary developments in online learning in the US, Europe is now catching up, increasing both funding and infrastructure.”
Science 2.0
SOURCE: “Europe Starts To Embrace Online Education,” Science 2.0, September 28, 2012


On MOOCs and learning

“Online learning has already been doing a lot with social learning. The difference is when you now start to do that across tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of students for the construction of peer knowledge. Courses themselves become smarter when you make tools and capabilities to take advantage of social learning.”
Chris Proulx, CEO of eCornell.
SOURCE: “Cornell Professors Debate Future of ‘Massive’ Online Classes at University,” The Cornell Daily Sun, September 28, 2012


On impact of MOOCs on higher education

“MOOCs won’t have much impact on first tier higher education, but… they are expanding professional learning opportunities. As certification and market signaling options expand…, MOOCs and other anywhere, anytime learning options will devastate expensive weak-brand third tier colleges and put tremendous cost pressure on state universities.”
Tom Vander Ark , CEO of Open Education Solutions
SOURCE: “MOOCs Shift From Curiousity to Employability,” Huffington Post, September 25, 2012


On access to online higher education

“One day someone will be able to take online courses from the 10 top universities cheaply or for free, and an employer will recognize that. I don’t know when that will happen, but when it does, I will be very happy.”
Dick K.P. Yue, MIT professor of engineering
SOURCE: “Pioneers in college education for all,” CNNMoney, September 3, 2012


On online learning requiring more faculty

“From surveys and interviews, we have come to know that the number one reason for student success, in a classroom or online, is a caring instructor. Also, online institutions are much more strict about limiting class size than traditional schools, usually setting a maximum of 20 to 25 per section. Thus, there is the need for more, not fewer, qualified instructors. Faculty are also in demand to build new courses, revise old ones, and create the learning assessments for which there is growing need.”

John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College
SOURCE: “The Myths of Online Learning,” Forbes.com, August 24, 2012


On teaching online

“Teachers who are using technology the best to improve teaching and learning are using it to individualize instruction. So they’re understanding how students learn, what their learning style is and finding the best lessons to teach that student—understanding that some students are more visual, some like video, some like to read a book on a computer screen and some don’t. It allows them to individualize.”
Heather O’Mara, CEO of HOPE Online Learning Academy
SOURCE: “Q&A with Heather O’Mara: Teacher-student relationship remains vital in online learning,” The Hechinger Report, August 9, 2012


On a digital education system

“Technology is no silver bullet, but expecting every classroom in America to have a great teacher who can meet every child’s distinct learning needs given the demands of today’s job is a pipedream as well. By transitioning thoughtfully to a new education system powered by digital learning in which teachers’ roles are different from those of today but no less vital, we can bolster every child’s learning to help them realize their highest hopes and most daring dreams.”
Michael Horn, co-founder, Innosight Institute
SOURCE: “Online Learning, Teaching and Misleading Opinions,” Forbes.com, July 26, 2012


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