From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report.

    American colleges face what some people are calling a "perfect storm" of problems, college costs are rising, there are not enough jobs for all those completing study programs. Yet employers say they can not find enough workers with technical skills.

    One solution may be found in the growing number and quality of online classes, such classes might revolutionize colleges the way the Internet has already changed music, publishing, sales, and other businesses.

    "This is pretty amazing." That is David Evans of the University of Virginia, he is teaching a Computer Science class on the Internet.
    “这很了不起。”这是弗吉尼亚大学的大卫·埃文斯(David Evans)的评价,他在互联网上教计算机科学课程。

    Many top universities now offer online classes, they teach everything from computer programming to the science of cooking. Many classes are at little or no cost, they are restructured more often than traditional college programs.

    That's important to the millions of students who learn technical and other skills from Lynda.com. Lynda Weinman helped to launch the website, she spoke to VOA on Skype.
    这对数百万通过Lynda.com网站学习科技和其它技能的学生来说很重要。琳达·温曼(Lynda Weinman)帮助推出了这一网站,她通过Skype对美国之音表示。

    "We can come to market very quickly and we can teach transient skills, so a lot of software is changing constantly and new software is being invented, and those sorts of things cannot easily make their way into college curriculum."

    At most colleges, a professor or teaching assistant gives a lecture to students, who then do research, study, and homework alone. Student and blogger John Haber says online classes change everything around.
    在大多数高校中,教授或助教给学生们讲课,然后学生们独自研究、学习和做作业。作为学生和博主的约翰·哈伯(John Haber)表示,网上课程改变了周围的一切。

    "They are watching the lectures at home as homework, recorded lectures, and then when they get to class, they are having more active discussions, or interactions with the teachers or working on projects."

    John Harber said on Skype that he is taking enough online classes to earn a four-year college degree in just one year. Experts say the new technology will have a major effect on colleges. Some predict future classes may be a mix of online lectures and professors helping students work through difficult problems in person.

    Georgetown University labor economist Tony Carnevale says he would welcome these changes, he says a college education has to be less costly, and lead to skills needed by employers.
    乔治敦大学的劳动经济学家托尼·内瓦莱(Tony Carnevale)表示,他对这些改变表示欢迎。他说,大学教育费用应该更低,同时转向雇主需要的技能。

    "It's really quite clear that more and more people need post-secondary education and training and a lot of them are not getting it. And in cases where they do get it, it doesn't lead to gainful employment.  Or it leads to jobs where they don't fully use their talent, and we don't have enough money to buy our way out of this."

    Chris Cullen is a college marketing expert, he says competition from online schools, and concern about costs, will change universities.
    克里斯·卡伦(Chris Cullen)是一位高校营销专家,他表示,来自网络学校的挑战,以及对费用的关注将会改变大学。

    "The consumer demands that you tell me why, give me a reason, to believe that my money, my tuition money is best spent at your institution. What is the return on my investment?  What is your value proposition?"

    Chris Cullen says top universities with strong public images may expand in an online world, but he says less discriminating, less famous schools may struggle to get the interest of students.