Online Education And Its Effect On Students Individual Learning Needs

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Online education has been around for many years. Online education was started in the 1960s by the University of Illinois. The college created an Intranet for students, with a “system of linked computer terminals where students cold access course materials as well as listen to recorded lectures” (Hickey, 2014). This Intranet program later changed to PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations). PLATO was used worldwide and “used to create many of the concepts of social networking that we know today: message boards, chat rooms, screen sharing, and even MMORPGs” (Hickey, 2014). In 1979, Apple created Lemonade Stand the first educational computer game (Hickey, 2014). In 1984, Electronic University Network (EUN) was established to make online courses more available, however, students had to use software and communicate via telephones (Hickey, 2014). Technology has helped change and mold online education to make it more suitable towards students individual learning needs. Once the Internet was created, programs such as CALC (Computer Assisted Learning Center) offered the first online course with instructors and interaction (Hickey, 2014). In 1997, California Virtual University (CVU) was established to provide information on all online courses from accredited California colleges and universities (Hickey, 2014). In 1999, Jones International University received accreditation, which helped online education become an alternative to traditional classroom learning…

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