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Online Learning: Designing Courses for Culturally Diverse Learners

With the increasing popularity of online learning courses, instructional course designers must account for the ever expanding global reach of online courses and the cultural needs of a diverse learning population. Traditional classroom learning environments could address these cross-cultural issues during class discussions and open dialogues with the instructor; however, online learning and its course design has not always openly acknowledged that there are cultural learning differences amongst its students. According to a case study conducted by Mamta Sazena entitled Learner Analysis Framework for Globalized E-Learning: A Case Study, Sazena interviews several online course designers to see how they have or could possibly address the cultural needs of the students.

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Online Learning: A Useful Tool for the Public Schools System

In the state of South Carolina, online learning and virtual public schools have helped ease the education budget crunch and helped students through challenging courses.  South Carolina currently has five fully online public schools which any student in the state can access. According to an article in The Cheraw Chronicle and The Chesterfield Advertiser, online learning programs have the potential to increase graduation rates, keep budget costs down, and allow students more access to courses.

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Open Sourcing Textbooks

For each college student, textbook costs garner a sizable portion of education related expenses. Whether the student enrolls in an online learning courses or a traditional classroom environment, each student must acquire the textbook to complete the course successfully. Decreases in financial aide and other funding may affect how many students can afford their textbooks which could lead to a decline in students' success in the classroom. According to a case study conducted by John Hilton III and David Wiley entitled Open Access Textbooks and Financial Sustainability:A Case Study of Flat World Knowledge, Hilton and Wiley researched this open source textbook company in its beta phase to see if students would welcome open source e-textbooks and if this model could be sustained.

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Addressing the Issues of Online Learning

When the University of Southern California partnered with 2tor Inc., this online learning collaboration has garnered praise from those still skeptical of this new advancement in education. Others have been more cautious when it comes to online learning. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Frank Donoghue addresses some lingering concerns that he has for the future of higher education and this new pedagogical tool of online learning. Donoghue posits that the streamlined nature of online learning may make the courses too sterile and devoid of the creative uncertainty that fosters meaningful learning.

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Online Learning Offering Students Another Choice

With the sluggish economy not improving as quickly as once hoped, college graduates are weary of the uncertain job market and perhaps their choice to attend a traditional four year college or university. Tuition increases and the decrease in funding have some students concerned that a college education may not be an option for them. According to an article in The Columbia Daily Tribune, online learning gives students more affordable higher education options while providing these students with a comparable education to students who went a more traditional route.

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