Distance Learning, Today's Hot Educational Trend, Did Not Start With Online Degrees: Educational Consultant Outlines 100+ Years History of Home Study

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Although obtaining online degree programs by distance learning is a hot trend and rapidly getting hotter, distance learning began well over 100 years ago, according to a new article on Degree.com.

Ticknor's Boston-based organization served over 10,000 students in the next 24 years and set the pace for mainstream universities to get into the act. Now, of course, online learning programs streamline the logistics of home study and eliminate the significance of geographical distance and national boundaries.

Sunrise, FL (PRWEB) August 9, 2005 – Now that millions of ambitious and curious adults are taking courses online, it's easy to imagine that distance learning originated with the growth of the Internet. According to a new article on Degree.com, a distance learning portal, however, remote learning flourished way before even the invention of the fax machine. (http://degree.com/articles/distance-learning.htm)

"Drawing on the extension school model of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England, distance learning in the U.S. got off the ground in 1873 with Anna Ticknor's correspondence schools for at-home women," says John Kersey, Ph.D., Director of Marquess Educational Consultants, Ltd. in the UK, who wrote the article about online degree programs. "Ticknor's Boston-based organization served over 10,000 students in the next 24 years and set the pace for mainstream universities to get into the act. Now, of course, online learning programs streamline the logistics of home study and eliminate the significance of geographical distance and national boundaries."

Dr. Kersey's online degree programs article recounts how and why established educational institutions embraced distance learning and ends with the falling of the last barrier to be overcome: the online, non-residential doctorate.

"The Internet simply changed the delivery method of distance learning and helped it to grow," says Sheila Ring, spokesperson for Degree.com, which highlights both online learning institutions that are more than 100 years old and relative newcomers. "A hundred years ago, instead of e-mailing your assignments to your mentor, you would put them in an envelope and mail them."

The complete article by Dr. John Kersey on the history of distance learning is posted at http://degree.com/articles/distance-learning.htm. Dozens of online degree programs in subjects ranging from art to nursing to business are described at http://degree.com, along with the opportunity to request more information directly from each school.

About Degree.com:

Degree.com is a leading online resource for distance learning degrees, offering free online degree programs for teaching people how to get college credit for what they already know. For those seeking higher education today online, the site has everything there is to know on obtaining a college degree from a fully accredited college in one year or less. The free information on Degree.com covers how to take exams to get college credit and how to complete a fully accredited, four-year bachelor's degree in one year or less, without ever having to enter a classroom.

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Sheila Ring

Degree.com

1304 SW 160th Avenue #203

Sunrise FL 33326

954-384-8577 or cell 954-445-0107

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