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New Things You Should Know About Distance Learning

August 30,2010 by: admin

Today’s generation has changed much of what the world used to be. With the advent of several different technological innovations, people’s way of living has been altered which some would refer to as progress and some would be less appreciative and would just see it as mere change- not necessarily an upward change.

Among the aspects that are continuously changing face in the human life is the education. Indeed a noticeable increasing number of schools and institutions providing special courses or even complete college degree programs through the virtual reality of the internet is trending nowadays.

This additional form of education is better known as distance learning. Despite its existence, a universally accepted definition still cannot be provided. Distance learning can be demonstrated through a variety of activities and can be handled by diversified staff. One characteristic though that could not be separated from distance learning as viewed by educational technologists is that this form of education is “inexorably linked to technology.”

This is not a hidden fact knowing that innovations like the introduction of television as an instructional material and the success of using audio-visual medium in teaching are considered pivotal in the development of this educational change.

The use of instructional television was among the first display of technologically based distance education. This was followed by the “flying classroom” which was aimed at broadcasting instructional programs to schools and the public in 1960s. Educational television stations also gave face to distance learning with its peak on 1972.

What made distance learning attractive to most people that it has persisted with differing faces across time? One sufficing answer would be the scientifically proven research outcome stating that students’ comprehension and achievement has no significant difference whether they are taught using distance education or the face-to-face student teacher setting. Another thing keeping distance learning tick is the fact that it is highly related to the promises technology can bring. By subscribing to technologically delivered courses, as suggested by Bates (0984), there is a variety of teaching functions at a lower cost. One can also learn basing on his/her own pacing. Moreover distance learning appears to be very accommodating for adults who wanted to have higher education but lacking time to attend school.

Despite this growing popularity of distance learning one important consideration that should not be missed out by people who are eyeing on one of the several Universities and other institutions all over the United States offering distance learning is whether the establishment is actually accredited by accrediting institutions. Having an online degree from a virtual school for instance or having a certification from a distance education provider will be as good as those obtained from the traditional face-to-face teaching institutions if the said provider is recognized by the Department of Education.

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