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Alison A.Carr-Chellman

The goal of shaping information technology to democratize education is highly appealing, but there are, at present, no strong well-organized forces promoting that end.

—L. Winner, 1998

Online education has been heralded as the next democratizing force in education, particularly in higher education (Daniel, 1996; Jones, 1997). By opening access to populations which have not had access either because of geographical location, job status, or physical handicap, the rhetoric of online education suggests that this new technology will democratize education, breaking down the elitist walls of the ivory tower. However, it is not at all clear that the reality of implementing distance learning solutions have in fact any potential, much less actual value for democratizing higher education. Much the opposite, founded on the myth of ...

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