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  • Jutta Harms

    Jeff, I agree with you that lifelong learning got so much easier with all these online programs available. Knowlege is spreading faster than ever. I signed up for an online master’s program at SNHU to learn more about social media

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is great to see you taking advantage of online education. How is the experience Jutta?

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  • Cheri Carroll

    Jeff, thanks so much for sharing the class — I’m signed up and am starting it today. I love the Australian accent…and I really really like your blog.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is very cool. Hope you enjoy the class Cheri

  • http://twitter.com/JKConsultancy27 Jason King

    Very interesting topic which resonates with my own educational experiences. I agree that online learning is the future in education, but as part of a blended learning experience. As a recent mature graduate I learned via traditional classroom and online learning. The benefits of being in University with other students and my tutors was invaluable to my learning experience. I learned many important theories and concepts in Business & Marketing, but I had to learn much about social media by following thought leaders online. I’ll never stop learning as It genuinely gives me a buzz, but online learning mustn’t be autonomous. Of course we want to have tech-savvy teaching, but communication needs to involve real people in the flesh.

    You might be interested in reading an academic journal written by Norah Jones & Alice Man Sze Lau titled Blending learning: widening participation in higher education. I can pop you an email of it’s difficult to source online.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Jason for those insights and that research. I will check it out.

      • http://twitter.com/JKConsultancy27 Jason King

        I researched a little when I was involved in a University debate about online & distance learning and their relevance in encouraging education for hard to reach groups, my topic was care leavers.
        Australia featured heavily in the distance learning research as they’re addressing the indigenous tribes as a hard to reach group and have lots of good research material available.

        • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

          Thanks Jason for that information and that makes sense as Australia is a large country geographically with many remote areas.

  • Claire Lister

    Very interesting article. I agree that learning formats are changing, but would stress the perils of distance learning. I run a network of over 100 Pitman Training Centres, and our completion rates are 98% – unparalleled when compared to distance learning. We provide students with centre based learning, as well as blended learning options – all the benefits of online learning, with the back up support of a real network of student supervisors. Confidence and encouragement are key to achievement of a learning plan, so I definitely support some of the other comments about learning alongside other students and benefitting from that interaction, as well as having an effective support system to help you through.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Claire for that real life case study of the importance of a balanced approach to learning.

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  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Good to see the social media evolution of learning.

  • AIMInternetMarketing

    Hey Jeff, thanks for the fascinating article. I think distance and online learning are great for the motivated learner. It’s pleasing to see the increase of free online resources that make learning more efficient and convenient.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes and think we have only seen the start of it! Much more to come.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the comment Maggie and for the tip.

  • Jackie Willis

    Thank you Jeff. I have signed up to the Writing for the Web course on Open2Study. A great resource to have found because my linguist background does not help me to write short, clear, concise ‘snippets’ for the web, I am more of a lengthy prose person! Now I have launched a membership website for UK driving instructors, needing to attract both members and contributors to the site, I realise just how much I need to learn about writing to get my point across quickly, in the first couple of sentences!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Writing for the web is a bit different and good luck with everything!

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    I think it may actually diminish as people have the freedom to learn about what they really love and are passionate about.
    Time will tell

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Yes, you are right it can give you access to the best teachers who walk the talk on a global stage.
    This was unimagined 20 years ago.

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    Hey Jeff, your article is truly valuable and I also think that people can learn anything from the web in order to enhance their educational knowledge and skills.