I have been a little research on some courses I may be interested in undertaking. Along the way I found some interesting material on the University of London (UOL) and distance learning. It appears that UOL provided distance learning to POWS in German Prison Camps during WW2. This provides an example of the utility of distance learning and a university commitment to serve. The following extract was drawn from Wikipedia's entry on UOL: "Enrolment increased steadily in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and during the Second World War there was a further increase in enrolments from soldiers stationed abroad as well as soldiers imprisoned in German POW camps. Because the Geneva Convention (1929) stipulated that every prisoner of war, in addition to being entitled to adequate food and medical care, had the right to exchange correspondence and receive parcels, many British POWs took advantage of this opportunity and enrolled in the University of London External Programme. The soldiers were sent study materials by mail, and at specified intervals sat for proctored exams in the camps. Almost 11,000 exams were taken at 88 camps between 1940 and 1945. Though the failure rate was high, substantial numbers of soldiers earned degrees while imprisoned." I wonder how many others can say this? I also wonder where the graduates ended up.