For this presentation, I explored what online dating and online education have in common, and what we as educators can learn from the trends that have made online dating rise in popularity in recent years.
WHO SAYS DATING AND EDUCATION HAVENOTHING IN COMMON?Only ten years ago, meeting a partner online was perceived as weird, abnormal, or downright creepy.Today, over 20% of all romantic relationships begin online. (Hughes)Only ten years ago, pursuing a degree online was perceived as a lesser form of education.Today, at least 20% of all degree-seeking students enroll in at least one online class (Van Der Werf, 37).
ONLINE DATING AND ONLINE EDUCATION HAVE MUCH MORE IN COMMON THAN MEETS THE EYE…
“The people who link us up with the world, who bridge Omaha and Sharon, who introduce us to our social circles – these people on whom we rely more heavily than we realize– are Connectors, people with a special gift for bringing the world together.” -Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point (38)
OK CUPID LOCALS MOBILE APPBRINGS ONLINECONNECTIONS HELPS USERS BUILD AOFFLINE NETWORK
LOWER COSTS OF ONLINE PROGRAMS H O W D O E S I T C O MPA R EPER-PUPIL WITH ONLINEEXPENDITURES E D U C AT I O N ? “…the operating costs of online programs are about the same as the costs of operating brick-and- mortar schools…however, APA did not look at costs related to building facilities or transportation…if they were factored in, the benefit/cost ratio of virtual schools would likely increase and the costs per pupil, as compared to brick-and-mortar schools, would likely be lower…” (Anderson, 13)
“The obvious advantage to online dating is that it provides a wider pool of possibility and choice.” -Nick Paumgarten
“The obvious advantage to online dating online education is that it provides a wider pool of possibility and choice.”
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