Anticipating the Future of Distance Learning


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Anticipating the Future of Distance Learning

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Students can no longer prepare bark to calculate problems. They depend instead on expensive slates. What will they do when the slate is dropped and breaks?

Students depend on paper too much. They no longer know how to write on a slate without getting dust all over themselves. What will happen when they run out of paper?

Students depend too much upon ink. They no longer know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil.

Students depend too much on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. What will happen when they run out?

The Changing Environment

Percent of Firms Downsizing by Business Category

From 1980 to 1994, the U.S. contingent workforce—temps, self-employed, consultants—increased 57%

Today, 65% of all workers use some type of information technology in their jobs. By 2000, this will increase to 95%.

Constant training, retraining, job-hopping, and even career-hopping will become the norm.

The Enrollment Pipeline

An Aging Clientele for Higher Education


Supply and Demand

The Changing Environment

The Changing Environment




Technological Tools

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PPT Slide

Learning: Children Are


Natural Learning


Public School

“Your instructional system is driven by teaching rather than by learning, by the needs of professors rather than students.” Sir John S. Daniel, 1997

Uses of Technology in Distance Learning

Uses of Technology

“…with good learning materials, effective networks, and proper support, students can learn better at home than in class.”

What are the issues in distance learning?

Which Approach?


Does distance learning technology facilitate access, lower costs, and maintain quality?

Author: James L. Morrison


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