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To what extent should online learning be incorporated in educational institutions without negatively impacting the future generation?

As the number of online course, degrees and curriculum are increasing, the number of students enrolled is higher as well. How can we integrate the two type educational system? How will it impact the emotional intelligence of our students?

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    Dec 2 2012: As Fritzie has pointed out some institutions have already done this.
    Some disciplines/courses can not be learnt entirely online (for example, medicine & surgery, pilot, oceanography); but a graduate in such fields can keep recieving learning aids that tell of new inventions and research findings.
    But for disciplines that can be learned entirely online, it is the responsibility of the learner to make the best you of the acquired knowledge. If education is carefully and thoughtfully sought, it would be found.
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    Dec 1 2012: The simplest integration is one that has long existed, really. Many universities have for a very long time accepted distance learning courses for credit, provided they included assessment of the students' learning in the course and that the source providing the distance learning was accredited as meeting accepted standards for college level work. Before online courses,distance learning was called "correspondence courses."

    One can get whole degrees by 100% distance learning, by 100% classroom learning, and by a combination. This is the current reality and not new, I think.
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      Dec 1 2012: The UK sparked a good one in the early 1960s: The Open Univerity

      http://www8.open.ac.uk/about/main/
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        Dec 1 2012: In the US, "Open University" typically meant free or really nominal cost and no credential, I think.

        Here lots of universities have distance education offerings in what is sometimes called University Extension. Universities "extension' offerings include both on site and distance courses, some involving credits, some not, some awarding certificates or degrees, and some not.

        Some courses are taught by university faculty but most, typically, are taught by contract employees.
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          Dec 1 2012: I see. This 'Open Univerity' is not free of charge and probably not the only one of its kind in the UK.

          Germany has pretty much the same system as you desribe for th US, even though the cost for education here is different.

          A whole Masters degree by distance learning would cost about 2600 to 5200 US$, which is even more expensive as if you would study 'regulary' at the University.

          A view years ago, attending the Univerity was completely free of charge and some federal states just recently returned back to this model. Mine included, which really was good news to my ears.

          Online learning may be a good alternative in countries in which the cost of learning are high.
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        Dec 1 2012: Accredited online learning with assessment of student work by people who understand the subject (rather than peer grading) is expensive here as well.

        In fact, because on-site courses at public universities in the United States are subsidized by tax dollars (as it sounds like you have in Germany), I would guess that a degree earned on-site at a public university is less expensive than the same degree from an online school or extension program.
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          Dec 1 2012: Any single € of my taxes which goes into education goes with a smile of mine. To me, this is not even taxation, as I am just giving back what I once received.

          Maybe it is because I was indulged in this context, but I am honestly confident that education 'free of charge' has to become a human right.

          Besides freedom and the basic needs for a decent living, there is nothing else of this magnitude which can be handed over as joyful to the following generations, as this gift.

          One day we may get there.
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        Dec 2 2012: I share with you the belief that a basic education should be provided at no cost to the child's family.

        I am also extremely grateful for financial aid at the universiy level, without which my daughters would not have been able to attend the sort of university for which they were qualified. As a result of it, they could both attend one of the world's great universities.
  • Dec 1 2012: Good Salim. The question has some assumptions that may be a bit strong.
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    Dec 1 2012: Current educational institution are actually certification machine......
    Yes that certification machine have an advantage because it has more face to face interaction....but with an exam system that only can measure "swallowing vs vomiting capability" not sure how efficient those are in educationg students.... neither I am sure how much efficient that system is improving EQ ......curious to know if there is any research findings ....

    What negative impacts are being foreseen with online learning system ?

    Well human civilization always had the difficulty of accepting new technology .....say the time first printing machine invented lot people thought it will diminish people's writing capability !!!