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Digital Diploma Mills

The Automation of Higher Education

By David F. Noble  

Digital Diploma Mills
  • Paperback / softback

Many students in North America today study and take courses through computer delivered or “distance” education. Universities, colleges, and governments seem to believe that these kinds of education are problem free. They claim they offer a great solution to tighter budgets and larger numbers of students. But beware, says David Noble, “Are these new opportunities for students or new opportunities for investors to profit?”

  • Paperback / softback, 128 pages
  • ISBN 9781896357546
  • Published January 2002


An important book for anyone concerned about the future of education. David Noble exposes what lies behind the current push for distance education and passionately defends a non-commercial vision of universities that serve the public interest.

– James L. Turk, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Lessons from the Pre-Digital Age: The Correspondence Education Movement
Chapter 2 The Coming of the Online University
Chapter 3 The Battle over Interllectual Property Rights
Chapter 4 The Bloom Is Off the Rose
Chapter 5 Fool's Gold: Confronting Reality at UCLA
Chapter 6 Calling In the Cavalry: Defense Dollars and the Future of Higher Education
Afterword After September 11
Appendix Business Goes Back to College

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