Distance Learning Is...

Unknown, Fast Company, Feb 11, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting set of polling results from Fast Company on whether distance learning is education's future or a waste of time. Dozens of short comments from people involved in the e-commerce field, some revealing fair insight, others based on the usual miscinceptions. I liked this one: "Learning is at once a deeply personal and highly social process. This complexity is not manifested robustly through the use of distance learning technologies. These technologies frequently require learners and learning professionals to choose between deeper individual learning (achieved, for example, through reflection) and richer social learning (achieved, for example, through dialogue.)" - Jeff De Cagna (who voted 'a waste of time')
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