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Panel to discuss online education at Vail Symposium event, July 25

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EDWARDS — While "going to college" might conjure up images of a fresh-faced 18-year-old walking the commons with an armful of books, a shift toward online higher education is challenging norms and opening up classrooms for all types of students.

With the ability to enter a virtual classroom over the internet from all time zones, synchronously and asynchronously, students can connect to robust course content and engage diverse faculty and peers.

However, as a valuable tool helping millions of nontraditional learners, it is not problem-free, nor is it right for everyone.

The Vail Symposium will present a panel of three experts to discuss questions relating to the growth in online education, current issues that are being targeted to enhance online learning, defining how online education will be most and least successful and how online education is changing traditional institutions of higher learning.

"This is a subject that asks a lot of hard questions pertaining to our system of education," said Dale Mosier, chairman of the Vail Symposium Board of Directors. "It isn't just a program for perspective students, but also for teachers, employers and anyone who depends on proper education."

About Today's Program

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The program is today at 6:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Rohn Robbins will moderate the program, and panelists will include Renata Engel, Dr. Albert Powell and Kathryn Regjo, each possessing a different background and experiences with online education.

Engel is vice provost for online education at Penn State University, which has been rated No. 1 for the past two years by U.S. News & World Report for bachelor degrees through its online programs.

Powell is director of learning technologies for Colorado State University. He supervises two units that design, support and maintain distance-education technologies and classroom audio, video and presentation capabilities university-wide.

Regjo is vice president of Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. She was formerly the president and CEO of Lincoln College of New England. Before joining Lincoln College, she held several positions with The Princeton Review, a national leader in providing college-bound students with test-preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, as well as resource books and online courses.

"The panelists are going to cover a great deal of information, such as factors that are influencing growth of online education, learner demographics and needs, emerging technologies and how institutions are approaching this educational experience," Mosier said. "The audience will certainly come away with new information that could challenge their views of higher education."

Learn more about this and other programs from the Vail Symposium by visiting http://www.vailsymposium.org.

If you go …

What: “Online Education: A Vital and Vibrant Educational Pathway,” with Renata Engel, Albert Powell and Kathryn Regjo.

When: Monday, July 25; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program.

Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: General admission is $25 in advance or $35 at the door, or $10 for students and teachers.

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org to register.