Is distance education a new concept? No! It dates to around 1728, when one came across an advertisement in a US newspaper. Here, a short hand teacher was seeking students for lessons to be sent weekly. Isaac Pitman taught shorthand in Great Britain through correspondence courses in the 1840s. Development of the postal service in the 19th century led to the expansion of commercial correspondence colleges with a nationwide reach. The distance education has profited greatly from successive waves of technology.
The advent of technology has greatly revolutionized distance education. While radio and TV impacted distance education a great deal, the advent of the computer has completely transformed distance education into a tool that rivals traditional education. With the help of Learning Management Systems (LMS) and wikis, blogs, RSS etc the degree of interactivity has risen sharply.
Today, students can interact with other students online through online notice boards, wikis and blogs, besides viewing lectures and accessing other online educational materials. They can interact with other students and teachers across vast swathes of time and space, thus providing for a more richlysatisfying online experience.
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