A Survey of Distance Education Challenges and Technologies

A Survey of Distance Education Challenges and Technologies

Timothy K. Shih (Tamkang University, Taiwan), Jason C. Hung (Northern Taiwan Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan), Jianhua Ma (Hosei University, Japan) and Qun Jin (University of Aizu, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-376-0.ch001


Distance education, e-learning, and virtual university are similar terms for a trend of modern education. It is an integration of information technologies, computer hardware systems, and communication tools to support educational professionals in remote teaching. This chapter presents an overview of distance education from the perspective of policy, people, and technology. A number of questions frequently asked in distance learning panel discussions are presented, with the suggested answers from the authors. The survey presented in this chapter includes communication, intelligent, and educational technologies of distance education. Readers of this chapter are academic researchers and engineers who are interested in new research issues of distance education, as well as educators and general participants who are seeking for new solutions.

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