How Remote Education is Evolving During the Crisis

Over the last decade, online education has grown significantly, especially for adult learners who want to earn a degree or certificate while working full-time. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported 6.6 million students enrolled in distance education courses at postsecondary institutions during the fall of 2017. Within the last few years, high schools have also started exploring ways to add remote learning options, including dual-enrollment courses in partnership with local community colleges. Although the majority of these courses were offered solely on the high school campus, recent NCES…

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Sacred sea: Russia’s vast and remote Lake Baikal

Vast as a sea and deep as an ocean trench, Russia’s Lake Baikal is one of the world’s great natural wonders. With a surface area bigger than Belgium, it contains nearly one quarter of all the world’s freshwater, which is more than the five American Great Lakes combined. Baikal is truly a lake of superlatives. The Earth’s deepest inland body of water, its massive stone basin is so large that all of the rivers on the planet would take an entire year to fill it. While more than 300 rivers…

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