Learning – The Future of Education
colleges and universities have been experimenting with “distance learning,” or classes taught via home computer
programs for several years. Such courses solved problems of having to deal with the high cost of living on campus and being
present to attend full class loads during on-going semesters of higher learning.
computerized classes were perfect for people in far-off places with jobs and other obligations that prevented them from ever
considering dropping everything and devoting four years to college study and going deep in financial debt in the process.
college tuition rises, the cost of travel is rising, and the price of rent and living on campus is making the chance for a
college education out of reach for all but the children of the wealthy, the concept of buying education via the home computer
is growing in popularity.
all, attending college involves attending lectures, reading text books, taking examinations to show that the students are
grasping what they are being taught, and learning to apply what they have learned through research and writing term papers.
Why can’t all of this be accomplished at home and at times convenient to the student?
level classes can technically be offered either on line or via purchased CDs, the written papers and examinations printed
and e-mailed to the colleges offering the classes, and the student graded on the quality of the work handed in. There is no
reason this cannot be done successfully and more people allowed to have as much education in any field they choose, and at
to the computer and the amazing capability we now have to send and receive published documents at the push of a button, there
is no longer a need for students to gather at large university campuses to acquire an education.
true that the very essence of living in a college environment, among hundreds of students all striving for higher learning,
has the potential of creating a richer learning experience. But students gathering in this same environment also are well
known for their wild behavior. The drinking parties, panty raids and other exploits linked to college life have been well
described by sociologists as a “prolongation of infancy.” While traditional, is it necessary that students pay
the cost of having this personal experience as part of their education?
from the university setting to home computer classes would be a solution to the rising cost of education, not only at the
college level but it also might work well at a high school level. Going this route would cut the high cost of building and
maintaining large and costly schools and reduce the education staff to a handful of specialists in various fields offering
classes with the help of taped lectures, filled with colorful graphics, and text delivered as e-books purchased on line.
this way also may help refine the education process in America. It is clear that some of the experimentation in education
that has been occurring in recent years is not working. Students are graduating from high school unable to perform such simple
things as make proper change or spell correctly while sending messages on line.
at home will take personal discipline. For high school students this kind of training will require the cooperation of parents
or guardians to make sure the children are sticking to their classes and interacting with their instructors on line. Without
parental help it may not work.
case of college students, we are dealing with young adults who have a lot to lose if they turn from the lessons. They will
be more likely to finish the course once it has been started.
are not wild ideas flowing from the mind of this writer. Educators in the United States have been seriously examining distance
learning as an alternative system of education. They conclude that with contemporary technology, two primary types of computerized
education are possible. They are identified as synchronous course and asynchronous courses.
always like to use big words to make what they do sound much more complicated than it really is.
distance learning involves an interaction between the teacher and the students, all in different places but at the same time.
Thus the participating students must log in to their computer during a set time at least once a week. The training also involves
group chats, web seminars, video conferencing and telephone call-ins. This might work well in high school settings because
it tends to keep students disciplined. On the negative side, this type of learning requires students to follow scheduled times
guidelines for study.
distance learning involves an interaction between the teacher and students in different places and qat times convenient to
the students. The pupils are able to complete their work whenever they choose. This type of training relies on message boards,
e-mail, pre-recorded video lectures, maps and traditional mail.