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Distance Education: Current Issues and Future Implications

Erin Jennifer McCann


November 8, 2011

This paper will explore the current state and literature regarding distance education in higher education. The US Department of Education reports, “In the 2006-2007 academic year, institutions reported an estimated 12.2 million enrollments in college-level credit-granting distance education courses” (US Dept of Education, 2009. p.3). With the steady rise of access to education, programs have been developed at most institutions to remain competitive and prepare to accommodate an increase of adult learners and students in remote locations. However, with quick growth, critics have questioned everything about distance education. Problems with quality, support services and developing new learning techniques to engage and encourage learners in a completely online setting have been at the forefront of the debate. This paper will review the successes and challenges associated with online learning and provide a basis for future implications of how higher education can embrace and promote distance learning.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: distance education, technology, academic integrity, higer education access

JEL Classification: I20, I29, O30, O39

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Date posted: November 8, 2011 ; Last revised: August 19, 2014

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McCann, Erin Jennifer, Distance Education: Current Issues and Future Implications (November 8, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1956583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1956583

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