ERIC Number: ED426213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Distance Learning. Myths and Realities.
This publication explores misconceptions associated with distance learning and distance education. Because distance learning is being shaped by new technologies, it is sometimes considered a new form of education. In reality, distance learning has existed for well over 100 years. Although the Internet and the World Wide Web have increased awareness of distance learning, live video instruction remains the most popular and fastest growing distance education delivery mode. Despite concerns that instruction via the Internet or Web may do little more than replicate traditional computer-based training systems based on behaviorist learning theories, the consensus is that the new technologies really do support the use of cognitive-based learning theories. Compared with learners in conventional classrooms, distance learners must be more focused, better time managers, and able to work both independently and as group members. One unresolved question is whether students really want to engage in distance learning. Although there is no doubt that new technologies have given new life to distance learning, many of the old questions and issues still remain. The challenge is to use any technology or medium in ways that enhance and support learning and that respond to learners' needs. (Contains 17 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Computer Uses in Education, Conventional Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Internet, On the Job Training, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Trend Analysis, World Wide Web
Web site: http://ericacve.org/docs/mr00012.htm
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.