Blog: October 2012

Is Universal Adoption of Digital Textbooks a Near-Term Inevitability?

Writing for the Associated Press (AP), Josh Lederman reports on recent comments by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan who wants to see traditional textbooks rendered obsolete in a few short years. The article, which has a decidedly K-12 perspective (more on that below) notes the potential economic benefits of textbook digitization. It also notes the importance of digital textbooks when it comes to keeping up with educational systems in other countries where this trend is well underway.

Boston Globe Article on Online Learning Quotes UMass Student and UMass Senior Lecturer

D.C. Denison of The Boston Globe recently penned a terrific article detailing the rigors of online learning in higher education. It is an important piece for two reasons. One, it debunks much of the mythology among some that distance learning is easy. Two, he got his information from some of the most reliable and knowledgeable sources: online students and teachers.

A Global View of Education Trends

Inside Higher Ed has posted a summary of findings from the Education at a Glance report on global education trends as identified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  The formation of OECD dates back to 1960 and its principal objective is to …promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

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