21st Challenge No. 23

Half-baked long distance learning schemes.


Charlie VaronJim Rosenau
June 19, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Time was, to earn a degree and qualify for a professional career, one had to
physically attend an institution of higher learning, with all its ancillary
costs -- the heavy books, cramped housing and binge drinking. Cyberspace
changes everything. Online distance learning promises an education faster,
better, cheaper and without the bother of human interaction.

Readers are challenged to submit a course description (maximum 60 words) for
an inappropriate online learning experience.

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E X A M P L E

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R U L E S

Send your submissions via e-mail only to salon21st@salon.com. Please include your full name and an accurate e-mail address so we can contact you if you're a winner. By submitting your entry you give Salon Technology permission to publish it. Deadline for entries is June 28, 1999.

P R I Z E S

The winning response will receive a copy of Salon Technology senior correspondent Andrew Leonard's book, "Bots: The Origin of New Species."

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In two weeks we'll publish a winner and some selected entries -- then start over a couple weeks after that with a whole new challenge.


Charlie Varon

Charlie Varon is a humorist and playwright. His works include "Ralph Nader Is Missing" and "Rush Limbaugh in Night School."

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Jim Rosenau

Jim Rosenau is a writer, editor and software designer in Berkeley, Calif. Jim and Charlie are also co-founders of the citizens group Californians for Earthquake Prevention and partners in Mockingbird Media, which offers a full line of comic services.

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