Distance learning is a mode of delivering education and instruction, often in an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a classroom. This kind of learning provides access to learning when the source of information and all learners are separated both by time and distance. For the first time distance courses may be referred to the early 18th century in Europe. The first distance course in the modern scene was provided by Sir Isaac Pitman in the 1840th. He taught a system of shorthand by mailing texts transcribed into shorthand on postcards and receiving transcriptions from his students in return for correction – the element of student feedback was a crucial innovation. This kind of scheme was probably made by the introduction of uniform postage rates across England from 1840. Since then distance learning has developed a lot and now is one of the most preferred ways for studying. It’s available in many colleges and universities in all over the world and not only for young boys and girls. Older people also may be students online so they can both work and study which is the best possible option for them.

Distance learning

The university that offered for the first time distance learning degrees was the University of London. The background to this kind of innovation lay in the fact that the institution was non-denominational and, given the intense religious rivalries at the time, an outcry against the “godless university” was formed. The issue soon boiled down to which institutions had degree – granting powers, and which institutions did not. In 1836 a compromise solution merged. It was the following: the sole authority to conduct the examinations leading to degrees would be given to a new officially recognized entity which was called “University of London”. It would act as examining body for the University of London Colleges, originally King’s College London and University College London. With the state giving examining powers to a separate entity, the groundwork was laid for the creation of a program. The program was within the new university that would both administer examinations and award qualifications to all the students that take instruction at another institution. In this way the foundation of distance learning was laid and since than its popularity grows faster and faster. Both the Internet and the widespread of the computers have made this kind of learning easier and faster. In our days a big part of the colleges and universities all over the world deliver full curricula online. Between the years 2000 and 2008 undergraduate enrollment in at least some distance programs became more and more common. Many private, public and non –profit institutions worldwide now offer distance education courses from basic instruction through the highest levels of degree and doctoral programs. This kind of studying is certainly preferred by many young or even older people who want to get high education and degree which gives many opportunities for successful career.