The History of Online Degrees

Posted by writer on March 29, 2011 at 5:39 am.

Distance education has always existed in several ways. Today, online degrees are the offspring of the long-established distance learning. Online degrees allow you to earn diplomas in various subjects with the use of the internet. Online degrees started in the 50s when TV was used for educational purpose. Over the past years, the use of computers has made electronic learning a viable option.

In the 70s, two virtual universities open in New York. They are the Empire State College and Coastline Community College. They have no physical campus but offer degrees through programs on public-television stations. In the 80s, satellite and cable television provide other venues for a distance education coursework. Courses become available on demand through video cassettes. In the year 1985, eighteen industry organizations introduced accredited degree programs.

Online learning took off in the 1990s when learning institutions made use of the internet for on-campus communication. The first online-degree programs used on-demand videos and email. The degree programs these days use software-generated classrooms, live chat, virtual libraries and electronic whiteboards. In the year 2000, hundreds of accredited institutions offer thousands of online degrees and online education became more accepted in a wide range of career fields. Despite its popularity, online education is still struggling for acceptance in the academic world.

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