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  • The Future Of Online Education With Michael Mathews, CEO Of Aspen University - #ASPU 0 comments
    Nov 13, 2012 4:15 PM

    Earlier this year, the New York Times posted an article that questioned online education,"The Trouble With Online Education". It stated:

    "Online education is a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It tends to be a monologue and not a real dialogue. The Internet teacher, even one who responds to students via e-mail, can never have the immediacy of contact that the teacher on the scene can, with his sensitivity to unspoken moods and enthusiasms. This is particularly true of online courses for which the lectures are already filmed and in the can. It doesn't matter who is sitting out there on the Internet watching; the course is what it is."

    The world started to modify that view of online education when it was was exposed to the Khan Academy on 60 Minutes. Kahn Academy is a free online tutoring site that has gone global, and it was made famous by Bill Gates kids who used the Kahn Academy online education platform. The Kahn Academy is now backed by Google, Bill Gates, and other Internet powerhouses. Sal Khan wanted to change education worldwide, and his approach is already being tested in some American schools.

    Film Annex's work in Afghan education and building schools in Afghanistan led us to create Examer, which is an Interactive and Educational Social Networking platform with a Micro Scholarship Payment System. Examer is "universal" as it is easily tailored to the needs of regional languages and cultures. Examer was developed for the education of Afghan children by three exceptional Afghan women, Roya Mahboob, Fereshteh Forough, and Elaha Mahboob.

    The next question is, "How can Film Annex bring higher education to Central Asia?"

    We have recently been exposed to Aspen University (OTCBB: ASPU), which is a leader in online education. Aspen University delivers the highest academic excellence at the lowest possible cost per credit. Aspen wants their students to graduate with great opportunities for their future, not with large financial debt. We are exploring a variety of economic models with them in Central Asia and Aspen states on their website that their mission is:

    • To make educational goals financially accessible
    • To exceed students expectations
    • To maintain the highest academic standards
    • To provide a dynamic learning experience with one-on-one student care
    • To enable students to achieve the highest level of success in the pursuit of knowledge and enrichment, emphasizing the value it can create in a student's personal and professional life.

    Aspen University is the ideal place for distance learners and international students because all of the programs are completed through flexible online courses. Since Aspen is an online academic environment, international students can earn their degrees in their respective countries without ever being required to enter the United States.

    In this film, Michael D. Mathews the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Group speaks about the uniqueness of Aspen University.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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