Planning for Higher Education Journal

Is There a There There?

Online Education and ArchitectureX
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From Volume 42 Number 3 | April–June 2014
By Christina D. Long
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Will online education render the traditional university campus irrelevant? Is there a there there when it comes to online education? What makes the flesh-and-blood, brick-and-mortar material realm still relevant—even essential—to education? While online education has brought with it radical transformation, bringing people together in physical space is and will be essential for student success. The reasons for coming together, however, are changing; institutions must adapt if they are to remain vital. Institutions need to know where they stand. What is their “there”? What can they do “there” that cannot be done online?

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