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from Mashable

Can Virtual Classrooms Recreate a Traditional College Experience?

A number of online education sites say the goal is not to be a substitute for the classroom experience, but to offer an even more collaborative learning environment, while also making education convenient & accessible for everyone, whether taking a couple college courses or learning for the fun. In light of recent news about a partnership between a CA state school & an online education site, it's possible that due to the high cost of education, online learning could become the norm for…

Also of interest was the 142 percent growth YOY in terms related to MOOCs (massive open online courses). Howard said that while there's still a hefty debate about the validity of MOOCs, data shows students are considering it as they're going through the research process.

from Mashable

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

According to a study from Babson College, the number of U.S. college students who took at least one online course increased from 1.6 million in 2002 to 6.1 million, or about a third of all college students, in 2010. The researchers, I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman, found signs that the growth rate of online classes might be starting to slow. But their study didn’t anticipate the sudden entry of premier universities into online education this year.

Geo-focused terms are also on the rise. "Terms that have a geolocater in them, and that are using that as a modifier have grown 11 percent year-over-year, while terms specifically indicating ‘online' as a qualifier have declined 10 percent year-over-year," Howard said.

from TechCrunch

A Few Crazy College Fees That Are Driving

College tuition has increased a mind-boggling 1,210% in 30 years. According to the College Board, the average debt of college graduates is a whopping $13,600, growing at 2.1% beyond inflation since 2005. Compounding the problem is a mountain of hidden fees. In the Oregon university system, fees added as much as 40% to tuition costs, as of 2007.