On July 25, 2010, I gave the commencement speech at American Sentinel University in Denver. Here is the approximate text of the address:
Online education: why you are perfectly positioned to succeed in life
Thank you President Adams, Chief Executive Oliver, the faculty of American Sentinel University and honored guests for inviting me to speak today. It is pleasure to be here to provide a few thoughts on the occasion of this commencement.
Call for Presentations Deadline Extended through June 7 2010 for 16th Annual Sloan-C International Conference
16th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning (Nov 3-5, Orlando) -- Call for Presentations Deadline Extended through June 7th
Education, as practiced in much of higher education is instructor-led, including online education. In recent years there has been a flurry of interest in the use of open educational resources for learning with some organizations pushing the agenda that students can learn difficult topics simply by relying on what peer students know or can determine. Some have questioned this concept and have suggested that instructor expertise is needed to guide cohorts of student learners.
The seventh annual Sloan Survey of Online Learning, Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009 shows that online enrollment rose by nearly 17 percent within a year. With more than one in four higher education students—4.6 million--now taking at least one course online, 73 percent of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs .