Distance education, as such, was born in the XIX century. And although it is still even in the U.S. there are programs that teach students with distribution of educational materials on paper and exams in the mail, now more and more professionals understand by the term of the program based on the use of computers connected to the Internet.
It would be odd not to use the fact that 83% of U.S. households have a computer at home.
The rapid development of technology and the emergence of new areas of knowledge, combined with increased competition for high paying jobs and the development of a global labor market, demand from American white (and blue) collar to learn constantly. The presence of a diploma issued 10-15 years ago, is not enough. Therefore, a portrait of an American student is changing rapidly. 42% of all students in all private and public schools United States over 25 years. Moreover, the number of people wishing to study adults grows disproportionately high rates. Between 1970 and 2000. number of students aged 18-24 years increased by 41%. During the same period the number of''overage''of students has increased by 170%. It is important to note that among them are especially a lot of women - 57%.
With such rapid growth in demand for education, U.S. colleges will soon simply will not be able to take on all comers study - said the report''Distributed education and its problems.'' Therefore, the nature of the education market is already significantly changed, and in the foreseeable future, may undergo very significant changes. Independent training structures and commercial online programs universities select students at traditional colleges. Already, 33% of all who study remotely, choose paid training courses, rather than of universities. According to Mr. Dunn, 2025 ''half of today's college is closed, go to merge with their competitors or radically change its mission.''
Distance education or distance learning is a field of education that focuses on teaching methods and technology with the aim of delivering teaching, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional educational setting such as a classroom. It has been described as "a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both."