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Perkins School Launches Unique Accessible Web Site

Librarians\' Bricoleur writes \"A Blurb From EContent xtra says

Perkins School for the Blind has launched a unique web site that is accessible to people who are sighted, blind, those who have low vision, or other reading handicaps. In addition to features combining a variety of existing web technologies, the new design allows pages to be customized, based on the users\' needs for large type sizes and background colors. Useability was enhanced to allow for access via a wide variety of browsers and software worldwide.

Check Out Perkins.org


Learning: Lessons from the Winston and Strawn Experience

LLRX writes \"In E-Learning: Lessons from the Winston & Strawn Experience
Cindy Carlson details e-learning programs in the legal environment as implemented by two in-house experts at a large law firm.\"

Extreme Distance Learning

Hermit ;-) writes \"The LAtimes.com has
a story on Chinese
students getting their degrees through distance education programs offered by colleges here in the states. The programs face considerable but surmountable challenges, one of which is the poor resources available to the students in China, \"\"The libraries are pathetic,\" one professor lamented.\" What\'s amazing is the comparatively staggering costs these students are willing/able to incur for a U.S. education. One of the students \"spent about $12,000 on her education, in a country where households are lucky to make a tenth of that amount in a year.\" Ouch. \"

World Will End Without Broadband

A couple more stories on Distance Ed

CNN has a Report on The Web-based Education Commission has said a \"national mobilization\" is necessary, one that \"evokes a response similar in scope to other great American opportunities or crises\" such as the historic race to the moon or finding a cure for polio.

A Wired Report is similiar.

Can we really compare the internet with going to the moon?

E-learning Reviewed

The recently convened Web-based Education Commission was made up of a diverse group of businesspeople, lawmakers and educators, including John Gage, director of science for Sun Microsystems, Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), and Florence McGinn, a teacher and founder of an online literary magazine. (one has to ask where the librarians were.)

The recent report released by the commision has received mixed reviews. These varying opinions are available in this article, \'E-Learning is Good; Now What?\', from Wired Magazine.

E-Learning a Booming Business

I thought that this piece from Hoovers might be of interest. The number of digital textbooks continue to grow at as fast a rate as the distance learning environments. In fact...\"according to International Data Corporation, the number of students enrolled in e-learning courses is growing 30% annually and will reach 2.2 million college students in 2002. Additionally, over 80% of all higher education institutions will be offering e-learning by 2002.\"

Distance Learning Goes Niche

The NYTimes has a Story that talks about the growth of Distance Learning at colleges and universities in the US. 44 percent of all higher education institutions offered distance learning courses in the 1997-1998 academic year and 79 percent of traditional four-year public universities were offering some form of distance learning during the 1997-1998 academic year.

It\'s all about the profits.....

Study on Online Education Sees Optimism, With Caution

The NY Times has a report on online learning.

An online class, the report concluded, can be a worthy and in some cases a great educational experience. But to work effectively, online class sizes should be limited. And Internet learning may be inappropriate for certain academic endeavors, most notably, the completion of an entire undergraduate degree program.


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