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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: JIU Books (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982654405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982654408
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,688,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the United States this year, 2.2 million students will receive college-level credit without physically going to college. Course material will be delivered to their homes or offices by Internet. Discussions, assignments and exams will be done online. Some of these are courses offered by traditional universities, of which the University of Phoenix is the largest, some by accredited "virtual universities" with no on-campus instruction, such as the author's Jones International University, and some by unaccredited institutions. Such programs are not cheap; the author's statistics place them about midway between public and private bricks-and-mortar universities. For many students, however, especially those with full-time jobs or those far from campuses, the savings in commuting and the flexibility to make their own schedules make the total cost less than that of alternatives. This book summarizes the history and current state of the market. Taking a narrow focus, Jones discusses only professionally oriented courses in business, technology and health care leading to traditional degrees. The increasing need for skilled workers in developing countries and worker retraining everywhere has created huge opportunities within this segment. This is an updated edition of a work originally published in 1997, but more than half of the statistics are from 1996 or earlier, and many are from 1992 or earlier. In Internet time, that means a lot of the argument is ancient history. This book will be of most interest to someone getting into the distance education business and possibly someone considering online college courses for professional advancement.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From Library Journal

Advances in information technology and changing student demographics are quickly reshaping higher education in the United States. Few would disagree with this point, but this reviewer has rarely seen as self-serving a "study" of the impact of these factors in higher education as Cyberschools. An updated edition of Make All America a School (and of earlier versions with this same title published in 1997 and 2000), this book is little more than a paean to the work of the author, an "educational entrepreneur" who founded Jones Knowledge, Inc., and Jones International University (JIU) and an advertisement for the proprietary software application through which JIU courses are offered. Jones provides a brief history of the use of technology in distance education, but the research on which he draws is limited, and his text is peppered with commentary aimed at highlighting the special significance of his own work and promoting the commercial services provided through Jones Knowledge, Inc. Perhaps Jones should be respected for his business acumen, but no one should expect to find either a comprehensive or an objective introduction to the subject of distance education in this book. Not recommended.
Scott Walter, Washington State Univ., Pullman
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kesten L. Blake on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
In this highly-readable book, Glenn R. Jones addresses the ever-increasing demand for education at a time when funds for education are becoming increasingly scarce. He cites the increase in life-long learners, the number of students from other countries entering United State's school, and the push to increase primary literacy as reasons for this problem. Jones points out that higher education has "turned the corner" ion the use of technology in the lecture and as the lecture hall. Technologies like virtual universities, virtual libraries, TV, and The Internet are very cost effective and provide a variety of curricula to schools. Of major importance in the shift to technology is the shift away from institutions and teachers to the student. The results have been an increased availability of higher education at reduced cost. He describes a phenomenon he calls "Free Market Fusion, and challenges entrepreneurs to continue the trend for the better education of all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela M Hart on January 11, 2004
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In a field of constant change and innovation, Glen R. Jones suggests that technology plays an extremely important role in both higher education and an increasingly important role in the K-12 markets. While the costs of education continue to rise, the resources and budgets continue to be cut. Jones suggests that a shift in traditional ways of teaching and learning can provide the solution to a major educational problem. More and more students are re-entering the classroom as knowledge age jobs require continuing education, which creates more lifelong learners. Technologies, together with corporate partnerships, and entrepreneurial minds, in addition to a focus on bringing education to students instead of students to the halls of the campus are the elements Jones combines to define what he calls "Free Market Fusion."
Jones carefully lays out estimated costs for a college education, while also providing statistics for student enrollment and changing descriptions of students who are enrolling. He compares private, public, and cyber schools, making the case that room and board, transportation, and other fees associated with a traditional school disappear when students can access their courses from the comfort of their own home. The need for flexibility for the student demographic that is growing and changing, therefore, is addressed.
For individuals who can see the potential in technology and the need for a shift in paradigm, Cyberschools is a good companion for motivation to get involved. While the statistics are a bit dated, the sources from which they came are cited, making it quite easy to find the most recent data.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snigmal on January 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Glen Jones focuses intently on technological solutions to meet global demand for Higher Education. The demand is from two primary areas; growth in traditional student population as well as from life long learners who are continuing education based on knowledge based employment. Jones strives to present relatively low cost methods of delivery via broadcast and online technologies. These technologies also lend themselves to on-demand style of delivery to meet varying learner lifestyle needs. The premise of the book is the understanding that electronic platforms of educational delivery will soon be the only economical solution to meet the growing demand.
The statistical data presented in the text is dated, though the content's predictions are holding true. "Cyberschools" is a good starting point for those that are interested in distance education.
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More About the Author

Glenn R. Jones has spent four decades extending the reach of technology, first by bringing cable television to American homes, then by fusing education with the Internet to deliver education to lifelong learners worldwide. Along the way, Mr. Jones has created numerous businesses in the fields of digital encryption, digital compression, Internet technology, e-commerce, software development, education, cable networks, entertainment, mobile communications, radio networks and advertising sales. He has also authored several books.

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