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October 31, 2007 ON EDUCATION Classroom of the Future Is Virtually Anywhere  By  JOSEPH BERGER Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company The university classroom of the future is in Janet Duck’s dining room on East Chocolate  Avenue here.  1 There is no blackboard and no lectern, and, most glaringly, no students. Dr. Duck  teaches her classes in  Pennsylvania State University ’s master’s program in  business administration by sitting for several hours each day in jeans and shag- lined slippers at her dining table, which in soccer mom fashion is cluttered with  crayon sketches by her 6-year-old Elijah and shoulder pads for her 9-year-old  Olivia’s Halloween costume.  2 In this homespun setting, the spirited Dr. Duck pecks at a Toshiba laptop and  posts lesson content, readings and questions for her two courses on “managing  human resources” that touch on topics like performance evaluations and  recruitment. The instructional software allows her 54 students to log on from  almost anywhere at any time and post remarkably extended responses, the  equivalent of a blog about the course. Recently, the class exchanged hard-earned  experiences about how managers deal with lackluster workers.  3 Those students, mostly 30-ish middle managers and professionals trying to  enhance their skills, cannot be with her in a Penn State classroom at a set time.  One woman is an Air Force pilot flying missions over Afghanistan; other global  travelers filed comments last week from Tokyo, Athens, São Paulo and  Copenhagen. Dr. Duck cannot regularly be at Penn State, largely because of her  three children. Yet she and other instructors will help the students acquire  standard M.B.A.’s next August at a total cost of $52,000, with each side having  barely stepped into a traditional classroom. 4
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