Evolution of Computer-Based Distance Learning

Evolution of Computer-Based Distance Learning

Sorel Reisman (MERLOT.ORG, USA & California State University, Fullteron, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-799-7.ch077
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Distance learning (DL), distance education, remote education, online learning, e-learning, learning at a distance, and distributed learning are all synonyms for electronic learning, a phenomenon that over 80 years has evolved into the delivery of instruction via the Internet. The legacy of those years has provided a theoretical foundation and a history of best practices that can offer today’s distance learning practitioners a sound basis for exploring new instructional models utilizing technologies of the 21st century. This article describes some of the major milestones and accomplishments upon which today’s computer-based distance learning tools and practices are based.

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