Blog: December 2012

New Report: Degrees from U.S. Institutions Highly Valued by Foreign Students

A degree earned through a U.S.-based institution of higher education continues to be a major draw for hundreds of thousands of foreign students… 764,495 in the 2011/12 academic year to be exact, according to the recently released 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (IEE). That number, they say, is up 6% and establishes a new high. What is motivating this interest? Here, from the news item about the report:

Tags: UMassOnline

Do Men and Women Have Different Online Learning Experiences?

Recently, the flagship institution of the largest university in Malaysia conducted research to see if the online learning experience differed for males and females. More specifically, according to the news account, the researchers were focused on these factors: motivation, self monitoring, internet literacy, internet anxiety and concentration of students when engaging in online studying.

Distance Learning: 1892 through 2012

Think distance learning is a recent phenomenon? If so, you’ll want to examine a recent Forbes article that traces distance learning in America back to 1892. This is especially true if you have friends and family who say distance education is a fad, it’s too new, it’ll never last.  (In Europe, I seem to recall, it may have started even earlier with correspondence courses to learn shorthand…)