A discussion focused on distance learning and its benefits and potential impact on U.S. education.

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Prof. Elaine Allen is among the speakers addressing the topic: Distance Learning: What is It, What Works and How Might It Transform American Education? - on Monday, April 18, 2011, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., at the Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.

Technology has shown the ability to improve education and student achievement by improving access, personalizing education, and digitizing educational materials. In the case of distance learning, technology connects geographically disparate students with instructors, allowing for a richer array of learning opportunities. As virtual education is a fairly recent trend in American education, what are the characteristics of models with positive outcomes for students and how can they be replicated? What sources of funding exist in this era of austerity? How is distance learning transforming higher education? And what policy steps should be taken so that students and teachers can best take advantage?

On April 18, the Brookings Institution will host a discussion focused on distance learning and its benefits and potential impact on U.S. education. Discussants will also identify and examine policy proposals that can best promote distance learning in the U.S. 

· Moderator: Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

· Elaine Allen, Associate Professor of Statistics, Director, Babson Survey Research Group, Babson University

· Louis Soares, Director of the Postsecondary Education Program, Center for American Progress

· Richard Garrett, Managing Director, Eduventures, Inc.

To RSVP, please call the Brookings Office of Communications at 202.797.6105.

After each panel, speakers will take audience questions.

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