Distance education: Statewide, institutional, and international applications of distance education
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When curating a collection of articles from one source, in this case the Distance Learning Journal, it can sometimes be difficult for the editor to develop overarching themes and concepts. The compiler of this set of articles, journal editor Michael Simonson, has done a decent job of outlining the growth of distance education applications, beginning with state-focused programmes, then moving to the institution-focused ones, and then concluding with initiatives beyond the borders of the United States. The set of coordinating questions that hold this patchwork together form a relatively short piece, authored by Simonson himself, on the topic of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
His questions hint at the inherent angst of an educational delivery model that is broadly available to thousands of students at a time. The questions at the core of this collection challenge education in this evolving framework. For example, Simonson wonders if the solo effort of self-study should be considered...