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Distance Education

  1. 1. Distance Education Distance education brings together students and teachers separated by geographical distance.  Many distance education programs operate online, allowing quality student-teacher interaction through live forums, chat, and e-mail.
  2. 2. The History <ul><li>Distance education dates to at least as early as 1728, when &quot;an advertisement in the Boston Gazette...[named] 'Caleb Phillips, Teacher of the new method of Short Hand&quot; was seeking students for lessons to be sent weekly. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Types of distance education courses </li></ul><ul><li>Correspondence conducted through regular mail </li></ul><ul><li>Internet conducted either synchronously or asynchronously </li></ul><ul><li>Telecourse/Broadcast, in which content is delivered via radio or television </li></ul><ul><li>CD-ROM, in which the student interacts with computer content stored on a CD-ROM </li></ul><ul><li>PocketPC/Mobile Learning where the student accesses course content stored on a mobile device or through a wireless server [16] </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated distance learning, the integration of live, in-group instruction or interaction with a distance learning curriculum </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Distance Education has traversed four to five 'generations' of technology in its history. These are print, audio/video broadcasting, audio/video teleconferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/ online-learning, computer broadcasting/webcasting etc. Yet the radio remains a very viable form, especially in the developing nations, because of its reach </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Another benefit of using technology in learning today centers around the kind of graduates society is expecting schools to turn out. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Using technology in learning allows students access to the tools they will need to take control of their learning and to problem solve </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Major benefits of use </li></ul><ul><li>Distance education provides major benefits to at least three main markets or categories, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding access: Distance education can reach underserved populations of students who cannot attend a school that offers the educational services they desire, perhaps because they live too far away </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Emerging market opportunities: Distance education fuels the public's need for lifelong learning in education by providing access to learners not in the traditional k-12 age group </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Adapting to new technology and environments: Educational institutions may adopt distance education as a means to adapt to the rapid changes in technology being used in education today </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The use of digital technologies for learning both supports local efforts to educate adult learners and their teachers and extends educational opportunities to reach new groups of students. The thoughtful integration of digital technologies into the traditional scheme of education and their use to develop new ways of learning is necessary to ensure students have the tools to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing technological society </li></ul>

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