The free online courses that are putting college in reach

Nicole Freeling, University of California, Mar 08, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Back in the days when people were debating whether online learning was as good as in-person learning I would make the argument that for many people the choice wasn't "online versus in-person", it was "online versus nothing". And for many people, as this article makes clear, that's still the choice. “You’ve got students whose parents are leaving at 6 in the morning to go to work in the fields, who maybe work two or three jobs. It’s just not realistic to assume our students can manage the transportation to community college,” Barajas said. “All of a sudden, we’ve got something that is extremely feasible we can offer our students, and all they need to be able to do is get online.”

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