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10 INTRODUCTION 11 Background of Tele-education Tele-education has a long history beginning with systems like that for teaching children in Australian Outback the British Open University and other such organizations These built on the idea of correspondence courses where course materials are sent periodically by post and augmented the experience with broadcasts either on radio or on TV The problem of student isolation was addressed partially through techniques such as telephone access or two-way radio links with teachers At the end of 1980s the vest majority of distance education throughout the worlds was still primarily print-based Technologies used for distance education are evolving from primarily one-way technologies and applications such as computer aided learning computer based training and computer aided instruction to more two-way technologies and applications such as computer mediated communications and computer conferencing systems for education The significance of two-way technologies is that they allow foe interaction between participant and tutors and perhaps even more significantly amongst participant themselves This development has allowed and in some senses force researches to look more closely at the impact of educational environment on the students learning experience In the future it is expected that the telecommunications-based technologies to become the primary means of delivery of distance teaching The reasons for this are as follows a much wider range of technologies are becoming more accessible to potential distance education participants the costs of technological delivery are dropping dramatically the technology is becoming easier to use for both tutors and learners the technology is becoming more powerful pedagogically education centers will find it increasingly difficult to resist the political and social pressures of the technological imperatives 12 The Emergence of Tele-education Radical changes in the computing infrastructure spurred by multimedia computing and communication will do more than extend the educational system that is
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