- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Cyber Pub Group Inc; 2 edition (December 31, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885400764
- ISBN-13: 978-1885400765
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,559,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author looks at the rising costs of higher education, the changing characteristics of the adult student, the development of a global community, and the transformation of the world to a knowledge society. Mr. Jones shows how the television medium and the Internet can provide a less costly and more efficient means of providing education to a diverse student population.
Mr. Jones is a proponent of entrepreneurship. He believes that innovation, initiative and solutions can be found in partnerships between institutions and entrepreneurial groups. He calls this collaboration Free Market Fusion and he maintains that education in the future will be in the combined hands of private and public entities.
Cyberschools: An Education Renaissance is an good reference for anyone interested in the history of distance education and also provides the reader with a number of successful distance learning projects currently in operation.
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.
Jones' critical premise is that "earning a living in post-industrial, knowledge age society will require lifelong learning, training, and retraining at every level. For the vast majority, interrupting work life to study in a traditional university setting is out of the question" (p. 45). Virtual classrooms and libraries of the twenty-first century are described with visions of learning in cyberspace from around the world. Jones also speaks to the issue of the credibility of distance learning and offers solutions through accreditation agencies. Finally, Jones discusses his management process of a public/private partnership for the electronic delivery of education.
The biggest shortcoming of the book is its publication date, including ten-year-old statistics from 1992 with projections for 2000. However, Jones' theories and analysis are upheld and make Cyberschools an informative introduction for those interested or involved in distance learning.
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.