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ERIC Number: EJ945874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Distance Education: Where It Started and Where It Stands for Gifted Children and Their Educators
Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula; Corwith, Susan
Gifted Child Today, v34 n3 p16-24, 64-65 Sum 2011
Today it seems that almost anything can be done remotely--most often electronically. Today, from shopping and banking to conducting research and taking courses, people use the Internet and other electronic media as resources and as means of completing a multitude of tasks both simple and complex. Educational institutions have long embraced the concept of distance learning as a means of serving students, and with recent advancements in technology many institutions have moved their programs online, offering new, sophisticated learning opportunities for students of all ages. Distance education, and more specifically online learning, is growing in popularity because it offers instruction at any time and across geographic boundaries, extending educational opportunities nationally and internationally. Distance learning has been and continues to be a significant source of educational opportunity, particularly for gifted students. The proliferation of programs and the continual advancement of technology offer students the chance to learn content never before available to them and in ways that can meet their individual needs. But popularity and increased options do not equal effectiveness and success. There is still much to be learned about distance education for all learners. It is important to keep focused on the fact that data collection and research on effective program models, teaching strategies, and outcomes are imperative, as are standards and program evaluation. This article provides a brief history of distance education and discusses the advantages and challenges of distance education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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