ERIC Number: ED454812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-5
Distance Education and Technology in the Classroom.
While distance education can be traced to correspondence courses that in the 19th and 20th centuries relied on mail services to transmit communications between student and teacher, it is the advent of computers networked via the Internet that has dramatically affected the character of distance education. For the purposes of this paper, distance education is defined as occurring when educational experiences are delivered to remote locations via audio, video (live or prerecorded), or computer technologies (synchronous or asynchronous). Discussion includes: technology milestones in distance education from the one-way communication systems relied upon during the first half of the 20th century to the personal computer linked through the Internet; research efforts on the effectiveness of distance education; and the technology infrastructure in United States public schools. To determine electronic instructional resources supported by the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), a review was conducted of curriculum materials available at the NIEHS Web site under the menu listing, Teacher Support. These resources, highlighted in this paper, represent a sample of environmental science materials that have been developed for K-12 learners. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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