Texas universities may increase the use of online learningThe Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently announced that they are pushing state schools to offer more online degree programs, The Texas Tribune reports.

Officials told the news source that increasing the use of online classes may reduce higher education costs. Furthermore, Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes noted that it could result in a statewide digital university.

"We are seeing a backlash against the industrialization of education, where we just move kids through the assembly line," George Saltsman, executive director of Abilene Christian University's Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, told the news source. "Are they willing to make the change or are we going to stay with pedagogical models that have not changed since the 17th century?"

These proposals come after Governor Rick Perry recently challenged schools to use online learning in order to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree.

According to a 2009 report from the Sloan Consortium, nearly 4.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in 2008.

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