With change happening every day, the technological means, in all areas, for society had to jump on the band wagon and come up with intriguing innovative tools. With discrimination barriers no longer existing, technology components integrated in social areas of the workplace, school, and in everyday life (communication). Technologies provided accommodations and modifications to these three areas. Business offered training skills, educational institutions offered online classes to meet the demands of the working class, and social websites allowed people to connect to family and friends around the world. Technology has advanced at such a rapid rate that a person could be on a business trip in Italy and attend a board meeting back in Austin, Texas via satellite or phone without any hassles.
The internet offers all kinds of technology tools to help any individual in any area or aspect that they may need additional help or for leisure purposes. Today, an individual have the same opportunity as anyone else to surf the internet; whereas when the internet first came out, only the individuals that were able to afford the internet used its components. The internet benefits range from: communication techniques (social websites & instant messaging), educational links (edhelper.com, encyclopedia, & search engines), health information (any health topic or issues), and basically anything you can think of. Dr. Siemens states that individuals need to gain practical experience with new tools and society is taking him up on that challenge. Lastly, the internet has paved the way for education to be taught online and meet the needs for individuals who have barriers that might affect them in any particular way. Distance education serves the needs of not only the traditional-age college student, but also the most rapidly growing segment of the population, adult learners over the age of 35 years who have full-time jobs, families, and limited discretionary time (Johnson, 2006).
The blogs sites that include the diversity of distance education are the following:
On Open, distance, e-learning and other name confusion January 15, 2009 by Terry Anderson at
and The Evolution of Distance Learning in Higher Education by: Judith L. Johnson at http://distance-edu.blogspot.com/.
Anderson, T. (2009). On open, distance, e-learning and other name confusion. Retrieved on September
27, 2009 from http://terrya.edublogs.org/2009/01/15/on-open-distance-e-learning-and-other-
Johnson, J. L. (2006). The evolution of distance learning in higher education. Retrieved on September
27, 2009 from http://distance-edu.blogspot.com/.
Siemens, G. (n.d). The future of distance education. Retrieved September 23, 2009 from
http://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=3649021&Survey=1&47=5797856&ClientNodeID=984645&coursenav=1&bhcp=1 from the EDUC-7102-2 Principles of Distance Education Web site.