Distance Learning Distance Education Review Thesis

Distance Learning

Distance Education Review

In these brief remarks by Borje Holmberg, the scholar discusses distance education. More specifically, he points out that more research needs to be done in the area of distance education, especially about how distance education affects society and vice versa. Furthermore, the scholar suggests that in this research regarding distance education, researchers are pursuing a goal to find something new and different that can revolutionize the world of distance education. That something new may be in the form of adapting other types of education research to distance education. For example, Holmberg brings up constructivism and its connection with distance education. Finally, the educator remarks that while his theories of distance education so far have been based primarily on methodology, a more comprehensive theory of distance education, as defined by Holmberg's contemporaries, would place it into a social, political, and financial framework.

Although Holmberg's remarks on this issue are relatively brief on this transcript, he brings up some important points. One of the most important is that distance education is not new. Although we now use computers and the Internet to accomplish the task, distance education began with correspondence. Thus, if we are to further the research regarding effective distance education, we must look, not simply for a description of types of distance education or a rehashing of history, but rather an innovation, like the computer and the Internet, that can bring the field of study forward nearly as much as that innovation did. That distance education has certainly become a form of learning that has transcended social, political, and financial boundaries, allowing even the most stigmatized to go to school, is the field's most impacting contribution. Perhaps further study will allow researchers to determine how distance education can not only be bettered but stretched to meet more of those whom most agreed would never go to college.

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