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Future of Distance Learning

This posting debates the future of distance learning (including online learning as well as distance learning alternatives to internet delivered instruction).

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1. What is the future of distance learning (including online learning as well as distance learning alternatives to Internet delivered instruction)?

The future of distance learning is infinite. Based on current trends and research, the future presents endless possibilities for continued success at all educational levels. According to data, "Distance education is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 33 percent, according to Inter-national Data Corporation. The reported growth rates (from 1999-2000 to 2000-2001) range from 200 percent (Pennsylvania State University's World Campus) to over 1,000 percent (University of Mary-land's University College) today(http://www.lclark.edu/~jbemski/The%20Future.html). Please peruse the aforesaid link for more data related to growth.

2. Does the future of online learning differ based on the educational setting? For instance, is the future of online education different for K-12, postsecondary, and organizational learning environments? Why or why not?

Yes. It seems probably to argue that differences are noted among the levels. Based on the majority of research, postsecondary institutions seem to employ more online learning than their other counterparts. When looking at postsecondary data, "From the faculty perspective, this poll makes clear that distance learning can be quality learning" (http://www.nea.org/nr/nr000614.html). The use of online learning and distance learning courses is more prevalent among ...

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