Online and Blended Learning

Timeline created by MatthewHathaway
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    Brief History of Distance Learning (Video)

    https://youtu.be/24p-RVpc3Nw This is a brief video history of distance learning starting at the beginning in 1728 with correspondence courses.
  • Correspondence Education is Born

    Correspondence Education is Born
    This is the earliest known reference to correspondence education. Caleb Phillips placed and ad in the Boston Gazette for shorthand lessons for any "Person in the Country desirous to Learn this Art, may be having several Lessons sent Weekly to them, be as perfectly as those that live in Boston"
  • Teaching Shorthand by Correspondence Begins

    Teaching Shorthand by Correspondence Begins
    Isaac Pitman was recognized as the pioneer of distance learning and began teaching shorthand by way of correspondence in 1840 in Bath, England.
  • Phonographic Correspondence Society Founded

    Phonographic Correspondence Society Founded
    This was a precursor to Sir Isaac Pitman's Correspondence College
  • Anna Eliot Ticknor finds the Society to Encourage Studies at Home

    Anna Eliot Ticknor finds the Society to Encourage Studies at Home
    The Society to Encourage Studies at Home in 1873 by Anna Eliot Ticknor in Boston, Massachusetts. This was based on the correspondence school model.
  • Illinois Wesleyan College First to Offer Degree "in absentia"

    Illinois Wesleyan College First to Offer Degree "in absentia"
  • Correspondence Training Program Established for Sunday School Teachers

    Correspondence Training Program Established for Sunday School Teachers
    In 1874 Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent heralded the correspondence movement in New York State as a summer training program for Sunday school teachers. Gradually, the program expanded to include general education and the arts, with supplemental readings and studies to be completed at home through the process of correspondence.
  • First Adult Education Program and Correspondence School in Chautauqua, New York

    First Adult Education Program and Correspondence School in Chautauqua, New York
    In 1878, John Heyl Vincent established the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle in Chautauqua, New York. This was the first adult education program and correspondence school in the country to that point.
  • First Patent for Radio Device

    First Patent for Radio Device
    In 1894 Guglielmo Marconi invented the spark transmitter and obtained the first patent for a radio device. Not long after, distance learners sought to use the radio device as a form of communication to reach new and more learners.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Extension Founded as a Distance-Teaching Unit

    The University of Wisconsin-Extension Founded as a Distance-Teaching Unit
  • National University Extension Association is Formed

    National University Extension Association is Formed
    In 1915 the National University Extension Association was formed n an effort to "develop and advance ideals, methods, and standards in continuing education and university extension". (National University Extension Association, n. d.). This was done in an effort to educate soldiers, let people update their professional knowledge and skills, but the goal of the correspondence education was to ensure that they provided a quality education and enable all to expand their intellect and knowledge.
  • Professors Begin Wireless Station

    Professors Begin Wireless Station
    In 1919 the University of Wisconsin professors began an amateur wireless station later known as WHA, the first federally licensed radio station dedicated to educational broadcasting.
  • Beginning of Educational Broadcasting

    Beginning of Educational Broadcasting
    The early 1920's are seen as the beginning of educational broadcasting.
  • Additional Educational Institutions Obtain Broadcasting Licenses

    Additional Educational Institutions Obtain Broadcasting Licenses
    In 1922, seventy-three additional educational institutions received regular broadcast licenses, but only half of them had stations on the air.
  • First Long-Distance Live Video and Voice Transmission

    First Long-Distance Live Video and Voice Transmission
    On April 9, 1927 saw Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and Bell Laboratories hold the first Long-distance live video and voice transmission.
  • Founding of the Institute for Education by Radio (IER)

    Founding of the Institute for Education by Radio (IER)
    IN 1930 the Institute for Education by Radio (IER) in Columbus, Ohio, where radio was used extensively in the classroom. The IER concentrated on techniques used in educational broadcasting.
  • National Advisory Council for Radio in Education (NACRE) Funded

    National Advisory Council for Radio in Education (NACRE) Funded
    In efforts to promote radio broadcasting as a teaching medium, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation organized and funded the National Advisory Council for Radio in Education (NACRE).
  • FCC Reserves Channels for Educational Purposes

    FCC Reserves Channels for Educational Purposes
    In 1952 the FCC reserved 242 channels for educational purposes
  • FCC Expands Educational Channels

    FCC Expands Educational Channels
    Between 1952 and 1966, the number of reserved educational television channels went from 242 to 632.
  • Public Broadcasting Act of 1967

    Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
    The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The mission of the CPB to encourage in television broadcasting in the use of using media for instructional and educational purposes.
  • Online educational programs emerged

    Online educational programs emerged
    The University of Phoenix began using CompuServe, one of the first consumer online services.
  • World Wide Web (Web) was Unveiled

    World Wide Web (Web) was Unveiled
    The Web was unveiled and the University of Phoenix became one of the first to offer online educational programs through the Internet.
  • Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) Formed

    Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) Formed
    The Asynchronous Learning Networks were formed in 1992 by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a respectable philanthropic, not-for-profit grant-making institutions. The Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) were developed to explore alternatives for those unable to attend a traditional classroom.
  • NYU Creates Online Education Subsidiary

    NYU Creates Online Education Subsidiary
    New York University (NYU), who was already operating one of the largest continuing education schools in the country, was the first large nonprofit university to create a for-profit online education subsidiary, NYU Online.
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    Radio Instruction (Video)

    https://youtu.be/HxT5MU2b9Qc New Learning, New Hope: The Somali Interactive Radio Instruction Program
  • Army Correspondence Video

    Army Correspondence Video
    https://youtu.be/zix5RoH38cQ This is a lighthearted and brief tutorial on how easy it is to enroll in military correspondence courses.