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December 13, 2005

Michigan students may require online course to graduate

The Michigan Department of Education is considering a set of 'more rigorous' high school graduation requirements proposed the by State Superintendent. One of the three major requirements includes "completion of an online credit or noncredit course or learning experience." This is very interesting, especially when one considers that the impetus behind this comes from the recognition that today's students need '21st century skills' for the increasingly Internet-based world of work and higher education. However, some higher education institutions themselves have failed to fully embrace distance education as a valued and viable means for facilitating instruction. Distance (or, perhaps more appropriately these days, 'online' or 'technology-based') education is here to stay, and there is plenty of evidence to support that there is demand for it, notably from the new generation (think the 'M' word) of students who will soon be traversing our halls and online learning environments.


Posted on December 13, 2005 10:42 AM to misc news