is a general term used to cover the broad range of teaching and
learning events in which the student is separated (at a distance)
from the instructor, or other fellow learners.
If you are new to the concepts of distance
education, then follow some of the links listed below. You'll gain
a better appreciation of the scope of learning activities being
conducted "at a distance"
Are you ready to take a course "At
a distance?" Take
quick test and find out!
Definitions of Distance
Learning from various sources:
The United States Distance Learning
Association (USDLA), an advocacy group founded in 1987, defines
distance learning as ..."The acquisition of knowledge
and skills through mediated information and instruction, encompassing
all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance."
Webucation -- A
program designed to help bring the Schools of today into the 21st
Century by way of the World Wide Web. They offer programs such
as putting a School on the Web, Student Home pages, Teacher Home
pages, PTA Home pages, E-Mail Networking between teachers and
parents and online Year Books. Contact Sean Hastings. http://www.henterprises.com/webucat/
A very nice article introducing the benefits
of Distance Education by Laura
M. Prosser, MBA, CPA National American University
History of Distance Education
a Look at the Muralon
the wall of old Radio Hall at the University of Wisconsin. It
depicts some of the very first distance education taking place
via "Telephonics" during the 1930's. And while you are
at the UW, be sure to check out their outstanding
Education Clearinghouse Web Site.