Online college education continues to expand rapidly, says U.S. News & World Report: More than 4.6 million college students were taking at least one online course at the start of the 2008-09 school year—a 17-percent increase from 2007. That’s more than 1 in 4 college students. Two major factors for the soaring numbers are the sour economy and the possibility of an H1N1 flu virus outbreak, according to the seventh annual Sloan Survey of Online Learning report, titled "Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States in 2009." But, the survey's authors say, there is a lot more work to...

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