Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education
11. Transparent Learning Environments: Distance Learning
Transparent Learning Environments
Higher education institutions already are seeing the impact of modern technologies as they continue to converge, simplify learning, and blur the lines between on-campus and off-campus. We also are seeing the growth of distance learning and the use of newer technologies in both on- and off-campus courses. The impact of next-generation technologies on distance learning will be particularly profound. Tools previously associated with distance learning, such as single-interface and passive text, now are significantly enhanced and replaced with many of the newer technologies used in physical classrooms, further blurring the lines, creating a single learning environment. Students now can freely select from a variety of course options that might include a hybrid campus (with both on- and off-campus interactivity), allowing virtual participation through gaming, avatars, and mobile learning. Distance learning and classroom learning, as we know it, no longer exist separately but rather have merged into a transparent learning environment. ← 99 | 100 →
Distance learning defined
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