The History of Distance Learning [Infographic]
By Charlie Osborne
How has distance-based learning changed though the ages? The world of snail-mail, shorthand typing and correspondence courses is a far cry from today’s range of certified online courses, Skype language lessons and mobile app-based education.
Distance learning once meant completing assignments via post, or homework-based lessons in conjunction with weekly or monthly seminars. Now, exams can be taken online, students can communicate effectively through online platforms, and lab sessions can be attended through live streaming.
MIT is one of the latest course providers to offer online alternatives, and the concept of digital learning has expanded across the globe — taking root more recently in China. Just how far has distance learning progressed?