By Stephen Downes
December 27, 2002
Web-Based Educator Is A Study In Success Survey article describing the University of Phoenix's online learning division, Phoenix Online, from a business perspective. Of note is the fact that Phoenic Online is the company's fastest growing division, accounting for 50,000 students and $327.5 million in revenue. Also interesting is the analyst's explanation for Phoenix Online's success: quality of education. "The course work (at Phoenix Online) is a threaded text discussion with real people the students get to know well," he said. "There's actually more collegiality in a University of Phoenix Online course than at a university lecture with 200 students." By Marilyn Alva, Investor's Business Daily, December 23, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
Biggest IT Project to Provide Free Online Learning From the article: "South Africa's biggest internet projects, ever undertaken on the African continent, aim to provide every student in Gauteng province -- where Johannesburg and Pretoria are situated -- and eventually the entire country, with free access to email, the internet and an online learning curriculum. The project, known as Gauteng Online, is part of a wider plan by Africa's governments to use new technologies to accelerate social and economic development across the continent." By Sarah Duguid, Inter Press Service News Agency, December 27, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
Edu_RSS Just for fun over the Christmas break I wrote up a quick RSS aggregator and seeded it with a dozen or so feed URLs from educational news sources. I've had such a tool on and off for the last few years, but this version is the fastest and most stable by far. I'll probably keep it around for a while and add to the features, so if you have other RSS feeds you'd like me to add to my list, please drop me a line. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, December 26, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
Creative Commons Weblog The Creative Commons (Lawrence Lessig's open copyright project) gets a weblog and associated RSS feed. There's not much there, but I'll keep watching. By Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons, December 26, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]
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