Consider the following (admittedly ethnocentric) events …
- The U.S. Department of Education, in September 1999, set aside $10 million in grants for teams of colleges, universities, companies, and nonprofit organizations to develop products that will help adults gain access to distance-learning opportunities. (Ganley, 1999).
- The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges released a survey report, Connecting with the Future, that indicates that millions of dollars (approximately 5% of total budgets) are spent annually by state universities to add and upgrade computers. The average student at state universities now pays $83 per year for technology fees, with students at SUNY Buffalo paying the highest fees at $400 per year.
- A Penn State student, writing about his experiences with online learning at Penn State's World Campus ...