Distance education is big business; more than 1.6 million students enroll in distance education classes annually. The Institute of Higher Education (2000) estimated that by 2004 more than 90% of all two- and four-year colleges will offer some sort of online courses. By the end of 2003, the virtual education market will grow in excess of $21 billion (Svetcov, 2000). New technologies and improvements in networking capabilities are enabling distance education instructors to come closer to providing the traditional learning environment for their students. However, many issues still need to be resolved and, according to recent research studies, it does not appear that these will be resolved any time soon.