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  1. Elaine Nelson
    24 April 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    As a fan of online learning, schools have been very slow to use the internet.  I completed an M.A. in a fully accredited college largely through online classes.  They were even more challenging than the several I took at California State University.

    What a waste of money to build and maintain buildings when there are many, for various reasons who cannot attend a brick and mortar school.  This is certainly the wave of the future but educators have been much slower than business to take advantage of what it offers.

    • James Wilson
      27 April 2013 @ 11:10 pm

      I too am a fan of online learning. Twelve years ago I took a Masters program from MIT it was delivered primarily by video confrencing. It was substantially more challenging than the Masters in Computer Science I took from UCLA. I am currently taking an online course out of Duke University. You don't have to compromise quality by going online. If properly handled it can lower cost and simultaniously bring together the best possible faculty.

      This might be the mechanism that can make Adventist education available to any Adventist family who wants it. Another plus is that it gives the parent grater control over the culture in which the student will spend a significant part of thier day.

  2. earl calahan
    24 April 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Yes, free worldwide option for all comers. Not to be controlled by the govt. Cost to be borne by large private philanthropies, ala Carnegie, Gates, Buffet, ect.

  3. Vernon Norman
    27 April 2013 @ 12:25 am

    The myth persists that students sitting in a classroom at the feet of a lecturer is the best way to deliver content. Online classes are excellent for some disciplines but not all. Classes that are hands on require the classroom setting. A similar endeavor was attempted by Florida conference several years ago. The content was delivered across the nation. Some thought should be given to the lessons learned from that experience. LaSierra University has developed a series of chemistry labs that students can do at home with common materials. There are other examples. The point is the idea of delivering content a distance is not a new one and can be done well. I would caution against open courses for everyone if the goal remains to know students and foster their growth in Jesus Christ as they pursue academic interests.