The Future of Online Learning


by Stephen Downes
July, 1998

Today, and for the last century, education has been practised in segregated buildings by carefully regimented and standardized classes of students led and instructed by teachers working essentially alone.

In ten years, this model will be seen in many quarters to be obsolete.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Future Technology
  3. New Technology in Education
  4. Interaction and Online Conferencing
  5. Personalized Education
  6. Time and Place Independence
  7. Learning Communities
  8. The Triad Model
  9. Accreditation
  10. Modularity
  11. Ownership and Copyright
  12. Instructional Management Systems
  13. The Economics of Online Learning
  14. The Future
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