And Then There Was Distance Learning…
According to a rather amusingly titled article by writer James Crotty in Forbes Magazine (entitled Distance Learning Has Been Around Since 1892, You Big MOOC*), “distance learning began in 1892 when the University of Chicago created the first college-level distance learning program”. You know that it has to be true because a crackerjack team of PhDs and NASA scientists came up with that. I’m not convinced PhDs are always right, but as NASA scientists are responsible for studying the universe and sending human beings hurtling thousands of miles to the moon, I’m fairly confident in their research.
Almost confident. 1892 was not the actual first instance of distance learning, just the first formal academically recognized college program of distance learning. Prior to that, correspondence courses allowed secretaries to learn their craft from a distance and to mail in their work for correction and assessment. “The first course was the Pitman Shorthand training program that brought cutting edge stenographic practices to the United States in 1852. Using the United States Postal Service, self-taught secretaries would mail their exercises to the Phonographic Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio and, after completing the required coursework, receive a certificate of expertise in stenographic short- hand skills” (Matthews,1999, as cited in Casey, 2008, p. 46).
*From the files of “You know you’re an eLearning geek when….” you find jokes about people being called MOOCs incredibly funny.
Let’s Make This a Little Less Text-Heavy
Text-heavy is eLearning speak for “killing me slowly with utter lack of multimedia resources”. And why? There’s great content out there everywhere to learn from. In our networked world it’s relatively easy to let someone else’s great presentation work for you.
So let’s watch this 37 second video from someone whose handle (which, mind you, people select by choice) is: The Hurlor. I’m going to go ahead and assume that has some sort of meaning to Heather Adovnick, whose 37 second video is a great recap.
Please note, this video is not close-captioned. However, we knew that going in (and apparently we refer to ourselves in the plural). Find the bulleted content in the video in Word format HERE and in PDF format HERE.