A few days before the start of every term, I get an e-mail from some eager student wanting to know how to complete the first writing assignment. I’m usually still in my end-of-term grading haze, but I direct that student to the assignment guidelines and the rubric, and I assure her that she’s always welcome to ask questions. Inevitably, the student e-mails me back. She thanks me enthusiastically, and then, she issues a warning: “I’m going be that student who asks you questions about everything. Just want you to know.” It’s that student, the one who asks questions on a weekly, sometimes even daily basis, who usually ends up being the superstar of the class!
Surely if you’re on our website, you’ve been active in your research about online education, with an exceeding amount of thoughts and fears swirling around inside your head. “What school is right for me?” “How much will it cost?” “Do I have enough time?” There’s plenty enough on your mind as it is. But imagine not being able to even have these options. The Internet made education more accessible, but it is not the first form of distance learning. In fact, the earliest known examples of distance learning date back to the early 18th century. So you have a bad internet connection? Try waiting a week to receive your test results in the mail! Here is a brief timeline of distance education that has culminated in what you know today.
Online education has come a long way since its inception in the 1990s. New schools, new programs, and new methodologies have emerged, making it even more enticing to consider distance learning as an option for higher education.
The new methodologies or tools applicable to online learning are especially attention-grabbing. Technology has changed the way instruction is delivered. It has made remote learning possible, and for students with busy schedules, scheduling flexibility is a must.
Check out our list of advances in today’s online classroom to learn more about the feel of a virtual classroom and what to expect when you log on.