Distance Education: The Technology – What You Need to Know to Succeed, An Overview
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Riedling, A.M. (1999). Distance Education: The Technology – What You Need to Know to Succeed, An Overview. AACE Journal, 1(11), 8-13. Charlottesville, VA: AACE.
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Volume 1, Issue 11, 1999
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Charlottesville, VA
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Distance education has become a core educational strategy in the 1990™s, with a reach that extends to a broad cross-section of institutions and curriculum providers. It has been shown that technology is a fac- tor in the blurring of the boundaries between distance learning and the traditional classroom. This arti- cle explores the evolution of distance education and discusses prior research concerning distance learn- ing formats. The Internet is currently providing mechanisms for fundamental changes in the way peo- ple learn. Nine areas regarding the Internet and distance education are explained. In addition, sum- maries of computer networking advantages over other distance technologies are revealed. When decid- ing which technology is best, one must remain focused on instructional outcomes, not the technology of delivery. Keys to effective distance learning are explained and overviews of compressed video and com- puter distance education are described. The use of telecommunication technologies for distance learning will continue to expand as educators deal with increasing numbers of students. The technologies already exist what matters now are how we use the technologies with distance education.
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