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The Future of Distance Learning in the Traditional University

The Future of Distance Learning in the Traditional University
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Author(s): Gary Saunders (Marshall University, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 19
Source title: The Design and Management of Effective Distance Learning Programs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Richard Discenza (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-20-4.ch004


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The growth in college and university offerings of Internet courses has been phenomenal and, as that growth accelerates, some writers have predicted that the university, as we now know it, will cease to exist. There is little doubt that distance learning with Internet courses will have an impact on the traditional university and a very important question is, will Internet courses represent a new and significant improvement over traditional pedagogy for educating students or just a lessening in the rigor of academic programs? This chapter presents the attitudes of accounting department chairpersons and College of Business (COB) deans on Internet courses. Ninety-four accounting chairpersons and 66 COB deans returned E mail questionnaires. In the view of the nearly 65% of the chairs and almost half of the deans. Internet courses are simply correspondence courses presented with new technology.

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