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The Evolution of Distance Learning

By: The Evolution of Distance Learning DistanceLearning .com Distance Learning is a teaching method that instructs and delivers learning material to students via remote correspondence. Throughout the course of human history education was first a social privilege of the wealthy and elite. As time progressed educational rights were extended to citizens of developing nations. HOWEVER pursuit of higher education posed obstacles for students physically unable to attend class. With the advent of mail correspondence dev opment of the World Wide Web, distance learning has spurred realistic, scholastic opportunities for the public. Let's take a look at how distance learning has evolved over the last three hundred years! Boston, MA Local teacher Caleb Phillips advertised the first shorthand correspondence lessons offered by mail. 1728 SCHOOL Across the U.S. The expansion of the US Postal Service perpetuated distance learning correspondence courses. L. 1800 Sweden 1833 Russia Correspondence composition course offered through Swedish newspapers, precipitating the development of correspondence courses across Europe. Poland Ukraine France Spain a... A b... 6 C... C d.. e... L f... / 8..) h... I i... L j..) Great Britain, UK 1840 k... < . ( n... 1 m... A 0... O Shorthand instructor Isaac Pitman offered the first shorthand instruction via mail p... q... U r.../ s.. o t... correspondence. V... v w... X... X y... u u.. U Z... 9 1852 Cincinnati, Ohio. Secretarial training in stenographics was conducted via post. Certificate of achievement was granted after course completion. Germany 1856 Instructors Charles Toussaint and Gustav Langenscheidt taught language courses via mail correspondence. London, UK 1858 University of London created "External Program: the first distance learning-based courses at a university level. Cape Town, South Africa 1873 The University of the Cape of Good Hope founded a distance-learning facility. Lape of Good Hope 父 1891 Pasadena, CA The Colliery School of Mines was established as a correspondence program to educate on mining safety. Anna Ticknor 1900 20,000+ student enrollment Anna Ticknor develops a home-based program that targeted New York women and achieved a 20,000+ student enrollment. 1922 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State College becomes first college to broadcast courses across radio networks. Radio lowa 1934 The University of lowa becomes the fırst university to employ television as a learning tool. TV Broadcast Learning 1953 Houston, Texas First televised courses are offered at University of Houston Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) Across the U.S. 1963 Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) was created by the FCC, which dedicated 20 tv channels for university use and instruction. 1968 Across the US. 'Correspondence' is changed to 'Independent study' to establish the difference between university and homeschooling methods. Across the US. 1969 ARPANET is founded as the first version of Internet. 1971 Vienna, Austria Philosopher Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society book encouraged computer-based education. Phoenix, Arizona 1976 University of Phoenix is established as the fırst "virtual college." 1980 Alaska First state educational satellite system offered daily television instruction to 100 Alaskan villages. 1982 Rindge, New Hampshire The Computer Assisted Learning Center (CALC) was founded as a computer-oriented, adult learning center. 1989 Great Britain, UK First publication emphasizes distance learning methods: "Research in Distance Education" AOL O AOL 1992 The Electronic University Network helps to develop university virtual campuses through AOL. CALCampus 1994 CALcampus Distance Learning Courses and Programs, Since 1986 The first comprehensive, "online-only" curriculum is established by CALcampus. Virginia Beach, VA 1995 Regent University offers the first online Ph.D. in Communications. REGENT UNIVERSITY, e-learning 1997 E-Learning WebCT 1.0 LMS, an e-learning system, is released, and is often considered the predecessor of BlackBoard. Washington, Dc Blackboard Course Systems introduced ВЬ 1999 Blackboard 2002 Australia Virtual Learning environment, "Moodle 1.0" is released By 2003 16% of US undergraduates were enrolled in at least one distance education course. 2003 16% Sakai 2004 SAKAI SAKAI Project is formed: a collaboration of academic institutions/organizations developed a scalable software for virtual learning environments. By 2005 2005 3.2 million Almost 3.2 million U.S. students were enrolled in at least one online course at university. 2009 By 2009 53% 53% of public high school students were enrolled in distance education courses. YouTube EDU introduces thousands of free lectures. 2013 By 2013 60% of four-year US private college/ universities offer online classes! 60% From 1998 to 2008, there was a 150% increase in the number of students opting for distance- learning courses as part of their regular curriculum. 150% Today, students from K-12 can remotely obtain an education that is tailored to individual needs. Distance learning enables flexibility on a budget, allowing students to work at their own pace while cutting costs of standard tuition fees. For more information on how distance learning can further your education and career, refer to, and begin your journey to enlightenment and financial freedom! DistanceLearning .com Sources: Ivan Illich

The Evolution of Distance Learning

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Distance Learning is a teaching method that instructs and delivers learning material to students via remote correspondence.Throughout the course of human history, education was first a social privileg...


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