Distance Education A Brief Overview with an Emphasis on Online Education What is Distance Education?
A Brief Overview
with an Emphasis on
"Distance Education is defined, for the purposes of accreditation review, as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. Distance education may employ correspondence study, or audio, or video, or computer technologies."
(Guidelines for Distance Education, ©2000 North Central Association Commission on Institutions of Higher Education).
By 1930, 39 universities offered, 2 million students enrolled
Radio courses didn’t work well, but TV did, beginning in 1950’s
Combination of TV or videotape, print media and correspondence, plus student support, advisement and tutoring services
Started with audio-conferencing, then after satellite technology developed, it expanded to ITV and two-way interactive video-conferencing
Growing rapidly. Almost all public universities have some courses available online.