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Can Online Education Be Both Successful and Good for Us?

By Kanyi Maqubela

What would it take to create wildly profitable, culturally effective online education system? How could the system reflect the marketplace demands of an era of technology, and provide tangible resources for students to find and create opportunity? What would that look like?

Chances are it would not look quite like either the online education kingpin, University of Phoenix, or the many startups in the space. But there are elements from each that might make their way into a truly effective online educational system.

When the University of Phoenix offered its first online course in 1989, the internet was in its infancy, and for-profit online education was a revolutionary idea. Today Apollo Group, which owns University of Phoenix (UOPX), is No. 452 on the Fortune 500. Meanwhile, the internet is now ubiquitous, and next-generation educational platforms are starting to take hold across the country. The value proposition is based less on government subsidy and privileged access, and more on modern vocational training, affordability, and access as universal as broadband and mobile phones.

Continued at: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/can-online-education-be-both-successful-and-good-for-us/255479/

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