Distance learning is not a new trend. Correspondence courses
Have been available since 1946. Correspondence shools were
Not very regulated and most of the schools not associated
With universities had no accreditation.
Correspondence Schools have converted their mail and send
curriculum into a high-tech e-learning system. More colleges and
universities consider distance learning a vital mix of their
academic requirements. Theses university have increased their
enrollment and services to the community without increasing
staff loads by offering distance learning classes.
The Internet has given instructional designers the tools to
created an e-learning system that utilizes these high technology
systems to deliver high quality and multi-dimensional information
through several media. The technology and instruction design
systems deliver a complete education for individuals. who are never required
to step foot into a “real” classroom. There is a virtual classroom
where the student visits to retrieve information, class assignments
and chat withother students.
In a true distance learning setting, students are not physically on
site. The exchange of information is conducted through electronic
media. Some distance education courses are considered blended if a
student is required to physically attend any brick and mortar
location for examinations or introductory meeting.
Universities are able to increase academic classes available to
students, business, and industry by providing quality programs with
So the combination of correspondence schools and distant learning
institutions have melded into one industry. The technology to
achieve distance learning may include:
CD or MP3 recordings or Webcasts
instructional videos, DVDs, and interactive
Using video and audio signals to link participants at different and remote locations over the Internet
or corporate intranet.
Distance learning is sometimes more effective than traditional
learning environments. Student can access information in real time
and respond to on-line questions. There is less pressure for the
student. If the student desires one-on-one interaction., these
tools are available. Student can find additional support online.
Time flexibility is the major advantage of distance learning.
Studies indicate that distance learning can be as effective as the
traditional format when the methods are appropriate to the teaching
tasks, there is student-teacher interaction, and the teachers
provide students with appropriate and timely feedback.
Distance learning has transformed the traditional idea of higher
education. The ability to get a complete education from the comfort
Of your home appeals to a vast majority of the population. Distance
learning is less expensive than traditional school enrollment.
Also students are not hampered by their location.
Distance learning can prevail where traditional education cannot.
Scheduling of classes is almost completely automated. Classes
can be taken at the convenience of the student. Distance learning
offers courses in almost every discipline. E-learning has been called
the greatest educational democracy because it provides a method
For getting an education to everyone
High school students are able to take classes on line to
meet graduation requirements. Workers can take classes on their
own time to meet minimum job requirement for promotions.
Distance learning has changed the landscape of the educational
environment in a positive way. Distance learning has created
the virtual classroom where everyone has the opportunity to
meet their educational goals.