How Has Distance Learning Evolved Over the Years?

by : Nancy Lambert

Online education programs started in the mid-1990s with basic courses and relatively few choices. Over the last decade, however, distance learning has undergone tremendous growth and development. Today nearly 50% of higher education institutions offer some type of online education with over 3 million Americans taking online classes.

With this evolution, online students have become far more discerning in their choices. They expect the same things from online teachers as they do from a teacher in a classroom. These classes must be interesting as well as informative. In some cases, this has led to the development of education animation as a popular teaching method.

Student and Faculty Interaction

Most importantly, with technological developments, these online courses now allow you a very high level of interaction with teachers and other students amazingly similar to a more traditional educational setting. Some hybrid methods even allow you to meet in person or speak to classmates and faculty over the phone in addition to your online courses. In other cases, the internet itself becomes a useful interactive tool through large chat rooms or email.

Continuing Education Online

In addition to obtaining a degree, distance learning courses have become an affordable and efficient method of continuing your education online. Many businesses use these courses as a cost-effective way to teach their employees new skills.

Any continuing education obtained online looks great to perspective employers while benefiting you by enhancing your knowledge and skills in whatever field of interest you choose.

There is no limit to the opportunities available today in almost any area you can imagine.

As online education becomes more common, the technologies which support it will evolve rapidly, making it an even easier way for people to learn and upgrade their degree levels while maintaining careers and family responsibilities.