The Virtual University: Distance Learning Spaces for Adult Learners

The Virtual University: Distance Learning Spaces for Adult Learners

David S. Stein (The Ohio State University, USA), Hilda R. Glazer (Capella University, USA) and Constance E. Wanstreet (The Ohio State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch004
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Abstract

By offering self-designed, guided independent study, for-profit virtual universities began as alternatives to traditional graduate education that emphasized full-time study and ignored the life demands of adult students. However, through the process of gaining accreditation, recognition by the academy, and acceptance in themarketplace, virtual universities now more closely resemble traditional institutions. Their challenge to traditional academic practices predominately rests with the use of electronic tools for learning and the access virtualuniversities provide thousands of part-time learnerspursuing doctoral degrees.

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