Digital Diploma Mills, Part 1

Not only are there significant differences between student athletes and non-athletes, but there is also a noticeable difference in graduation rates between scholarship and non-scholarship athletes. The athletes who attend universities on scholarship have typically fared worse than non-scholarship or partial-scholarship athletes in academic achievement. Many scholarship athletes feel obligated to put the varsity sport before academics because their tuition is essentially being paid by the coaches. Student athletes are at times disadvantaged by their full-time involvement in a varsity sports.

To find out more about these time restrictions, contact the university’s online education department. As MOOCs are free and open to all with access to the internet, they are useful for people of all ages and professional backgrounds who are keen to learn a new skill or gain information about a particular subject. Most MOOCs do not offer official certification, though a growing number offer the option to be officially assessed for a small fee. This just reinforces the point I made in an earlier comment that there are many hundreds if not thousands of founding mothers and fathers of distance education who all deserve credit. I found the information about the Society to Encourage Learning at Home very moving, again making me think about the concept of distance learning and how many different ways it can manifest itself.

In asynchronous learning, participants access course materials flexibly on their own schedules. Mail correspondence, which is the oldest form of distance education, is an asynchronous delivery technology, as are message board forums, e-mail, video and audio recordings, print materials, voicemail, and fax. However, recent developments in interactive multimedia technologies that promise to facilitate "individualized" and "collaborative" learning are blurring the distinctions between distance and traditional education. Through international collaboration, students around the world participate in cooperative learning activities, sharing information through the use of computer networks . In such cases, global classrooms may have participants from various countries interacting with each other at a distance. Many mediated educational activities allow students to participate in collaborative, authentic, situated learning activities (Brown & Palincsar, 1989; Brown, Collins & Duguid, 1989).


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