Magazine article Distance Learning

Comments from the Manging Editor

Magazine article Distance Learning

Comments from the Manging Editor

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Hmm. In 2004 I had yet to take my first online class, and my most persistent image of what a distance education student might look like was a person writing at a rickety table, huddled next to a kerosene lantern in a lonely shack out in the middle of nowhere. I must have been thinking about correspondence courses-my imagination did not conjure a laptop (or a computer, or WiFi, or even electricity for that matter). What a change 15 years can make! Since then I have taken and taught online courses, completed a degree in educational technology and distance education, and acquired a very different perspective on distance education.

I anticipate that the next 15 years will accelerate the rate of change in our society and in distance learning. More people are discovering that life-long learning is a reality that must be embraced. Shifting student demographics and different perceptions on the worth of degrees are bringing about seismic changes in who is pursuing higher education and the formats in which they seek it. …

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