Visions, Voices, and Virtual Journeys: The Future of Distance Education

Tony L. Talbert (Baylor University, USA) and Adeline Meira (Baylor University, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 289
EISBN13: 9781609606756|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-111-9.ch018
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Abstract

The future of distance education is certainly promising but frenetic as well. With the aid of technologies easily accessible to students and teachers alike the geographic barriers that once allowed only the few to engage in educational opportunities are now geographic bridges that promote distance learning where students and teachers from diverse latitudes and attitudes are able to engage in real time teaching and learning interactions. This teaching and learning environment is called “Viral Education,” where the process of education can be symmetrical or asymmetrical in the teaching and learning process as well as multi-task oriented in both product and idea development. This chapter looks at the future of distance education and provides a brief survey of emerging technologies that are just moments or months away from reality. In addition, this chapter explores the notion of customized education which is a continuation of democratic movements within and outside the classroom.
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