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Why Online Learning is More Valuable Than Traditional College

November 21, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Simon Dudley / LifeSize

Distance learning -- especially given the advances of high definition video conferencing -- has long been touted as a way to augment conventional educational techniques. Increasingly, though, it's worth considering whether it might even be a valuable substitute for a traditional college degree.

Consider the skyrocketing costs of college tuition. For the last 30 years it had been taken for granted that you got a college degree to earn more money throughout your career. Now, however, the student debt problem has escalated dramatically in America. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports $902 billion in outstanding nationwide student loan debt, while the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau estimates the figure at $1 trillion.

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