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Distance Education A comparative analysis

1728: Caleb Philips offers teaching of short hand

through post mail. This was advertised in the Boston
1873: Anna Ticknor created the society to
encourage studies at home for the purpose of
educational opportunities for women of all classes in
the society.
1856-1906: William Rainey Harper is a pioneer in
both education and distance education. He is most
known for helping establish and serving as the first
president of the University of Chicago. He
implemented the First University extension program in
the United States at the University of Chicago.
1892: 1
University distance learning program
offered through the University of Chicago.
1918-1946: The federal government granted radio
broadcasting licenses to 202 colleges, universities, and
school boards
1933: The worlds first educational television
programs were broadcast from the University of Iowa.
1957: NYU produced the well known and long
running program Sunrise Semester which aired on CBS
until 1982.
1960s: Von Pittman - first encountered distance
education during the 1960's taking correspondence
courses by radio while in the US Navy. Pittman went on
to become a major influence on the success of distance
education programs at Washington State University
and the University of Iowa.
1971: PEACENET Founded - 1st to use satellites in
distance education
1971: The first United States open university was
New York States Empire State College (NYSES), which
commenced operation in 1971. One of the main
purposes of the NYSES was to make higher education
degrees more accessible to learners unable to attend
traditional programs, campus-based courses.
1983:-Clark publishes his famous mere vehicles
1994: the distance learning organization CALCampus
introduced the first entirely online curriculum.
2002: The National Center for Education Statistics
estimates that the number of K-12 students enrolled in
online distance learning programs increased by 65
percent from 2002 to 2005.

1840s:Sir Issac Pitman is credited with inventing
correspondence course by mail. In 1892 Pitman was
knighted by the Queen of England for his efforts to
teach any and all. He eventually created the Pitman
Correspondence College which still exists today.
1840- The Penny Black Stamp enabled common
people to send letters and materials via the postal
system, opening the way for correspondence
1850s The invention of the Postal service emerged
1858: The University of London was the first
university to offer distance learning degrees,
establishing its External Programme, to make the
degree accessible to students who, for one reason or
another, could not come to London to study, and it
now offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate
qualifications, to almost 24,500 students in over 157
countries around the world.
1926: while working for the newly developed BBC,
noted British educationalist, J.C. Stobart suggested the
idea of a wireless university, which would combine
televised lectures and correspondence courses.
1969 The university of air - United Kingdom's
Open University was founded. The OU introduced a
mixed-media approach to teaching distance learning
1970s there were a little over 600,000 university
students. Today there are 2.5 million.
2000s: Today more than 22,000 students studying at
its 18 prestigious Colleges and through its distance
learning programme in 180 countries receive
University of London degrees each year.