The computer age: Learning anytime, anywhere


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The Internet is transforming higher education. Today's special section looks at the changes it has fostered.

  • Bit by bit, computers alter how we read
    As academics applaud what the Internet and digitization have done for research and classroom learning, some also express concern that the technology has changed the way students read. ...
  • A global community
    University of Pittsburgh epidemiologist Ron LaPorte said humanity benefits when the world's leading researchers share information about disease prevention ...
  • Choosing online courses
    It seems as if almost every school is offering a course, program, certificate or degree online. But how do you know which one is for you? ...
  • Classes on the Internet
    Al Turgeon knows turf. The Penn State University professor of turf grass management is world-renown, but students don't have to travel to University Park to learn from him. ...
  • Professors changing
    Eileen Wrigley can't put her finger on the latest hour that she's returned an e-mail from a student, but 3:30 a.m. is not outside the range of possibility. And midnight is a certainty. ...
  • High-tech libraries
    Millions of books are disappearing from college and university libraries all over the country, including here in Pittsburgh. ...
  • Wireless campuses
    A wireless network is helping Chatham University sophomore Veronica Leone to master organic chemistry. ...
  • College admissions
    At Vincentian Academy in McCandless, the college counseling office is filled with the usual complement of full-color college binders, brochures and viewbooks. ...
  • Opportunties to cheat
    When he assigned a paper on 20th century theater, Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor Michael Chemers was surprised at what a student submitted. Plus: Plagiarism rules apply on-line
  • Reader feedback
    With Internet use so pervasive in higher education, we asked our Web readers to answer this question: How has the Internet changed your life in college or trade school? ...


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