FROM DISTANCE EDUCATION TO ONLINE EDUCATION: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

| June 10, 2019

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Distance learning has come a long way over the past 150 years. From the initial days of text based correspondence courses by mail to the immediate learning powered by the internet and online courses, distance learning is a much more interactive and engaging learning experience in 2019. The third generation of distance education, online learning, has delivered powerful learning models and frameworks, like Community of Inquiry and Adolescent Community of Engagement. These models and frameworks help educators create meaningful teacher to student interactions.

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The Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) offers both standard and custom learning opportunities throughout the Northwest for practicing professionals in the energy and water industries, including an energy management certification program.For more than 30 years the Lane Energy Management Program has been a national leader for curriculum, courses, and activities, preparing hundreds of undergraduate students and professionals for jobs and careers in the energy field.

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