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A Brief History of Distance Education

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An interesting article detailing the history of distance education and online learning.


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Distance education has afforded generations of students the opportunity pursue their educational goals outside
of the traditional school system. It has allowed countless students the ability to further their
while allowing them to maintain their obligations to their families and employers. While distance education
is not for everyone, it has certainly stood the test of time. The following is a brief timeline of
events to distance education...• • 1840 – Isaac Pitman begins teaching shorthand by correspondence in
the • 1858 – The University of London creates its External Program..• • 1883 – New York State authorizes
Chautauqua Institute to award degrees earned via correspondence..• • 1891 – The Colliery Engineer School of
Mines renames itself International Correspondence Schools..• • 1892 – The University of Chicago starts
administering the first university courses by mail..• • 1906 – The Calvert School of Baltimore becomes the
first school in the United States to offer correspondence courses..• • 1916 – The National University
Continuing Education Association is created in the United States..• • 1921 – Pennsylvania State College begins
broadcasting courses on the radio..• • 1933 – The University of Iowa begins broadcasting courses
television..• • 1950 – The Ford Foundation begins offering grants to create and develop educational programs
television broadcasting..• • 1967 – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is created..• • 1970 –
University is established..• • 1974 – California State University offers a Masters degree
correspondence..• • 1982 – The National University Teleconferencing Network is established..• • 1984
– The
personal computer is named "man of the year" by Time Magazine...With the advent of the personal computer and
the development of the internet, distance education has evolved into an extremely important element of modern
education. Most every university in North America offers courses online, while an entire cottage industry
formed around the concept of online education. There are countless online courses available to members of the
general public. The wonderful thing about online education is that there are no borders, and prospective
students worldwide now have access to the same opportunities. Online learning has the ability to make the
world a better place. In some ways, it already has.

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