The history of online education
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Online education is a modern version of distance learning, which started as mail assignments in Great Britain over 170 years ago.
Back then, instructors sent lessons and received the assignments of students by email.
The heady 80s had the Electronic University Network (EUN) started providing online courses to colleges and universities.
It used the DOS software and Commodore 64 computers and later collaborated with American Online (AOL) a popular online service in the 90s.
In 2002, MIT began providing course materials and lectures for free, anywhere in the world.
The number of students for online courses jumped to about 5.5 million by 2007, and many corporates began to realize the quality of education provided remotely, even though initially they were reluctant to recognize the same.
The perception of online education has drastically changed as compared to the initial correspondence courses.
It is now an accepted education choice and is set to quadruple due to the ongoing crisis which leaves it as the only option for most of the world. Advances in hardware, software and connectivity will further facilitate the upcoming explosion.
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