New online opportunities, increased use of "e-resources," and new teaching tools are among the 17 biggest differences between college today and college just 10 years ago, says U.S. News & World Report. For example, a number of big-name schools have put up selected courses at free, "open courseware" web sites. Textbooks now come electronically, with professors being able to custom-order the chapters they want. Courses have their own web pages, where you can not only consult the syllabus and download lecture notes; you can often chat with other students in the course and sometimes even the professor. Overhead projectors, interactive...

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