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Empire State College

I had the pleasure of presenting to faculty (though they call them tutors and mentors) at Empire State College yesterday (presentation here). ESC is at the early stages of an evolution that will likely impact other higher education institutions over the next several decades (this article in IRRODL offers an overview of the college). Their learning model consists of numerous (local) satellite locations and distributed faculty. Physical spaces are valuable for learning – particularly for social interaction and help resources – and a blend of online/F2F is an effective response to varying learner needs. Those learners that are comfortable with online learning can pursue that route…and those learners that desire additional support have access to community-based learning centres.