Independent Learning

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  • The number of students who took at least one online course surpassed 6 million in 2011. This growth rate of 10 percent from the previous year outpaces the 2 percent growth of higher education in general. An online course is typically defined as a class where 80 percent of the material is found online.These include programs […]
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  • What do you think about online learning programs? Have you taken any online courses before? A list of institutions that offer online courses can be found here. Research on the effectiveness of online learning can be found here.
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  • The table below shows all the academic institutions that support online learning programs, the specific programs they use, the level of education, and the subject areas they offer. All data was compiled from   Most online programs are private, for-profit companies that provide services for universities worldwide. However, some services like edX and most in […]
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  • Several years of legislative effort for me culminated on January 3 when Governor Patrick signed legislation authorizing online public schools. I'm grateful for the able leadership of two successive chairs of the Education Committee, Rep. Marty Walz and Rep. Alice Peisch.
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Will Brownsberger
State Senator
2d Suffolk and Middlesex District