Who learns: Distance learning was for isolated students who lived many miles from campus. Each student worked alone, connected by a slender technological bridge to (some of) the intellectual riches housed on that particular campus.
Teaching methods: The roots of distance teaching lay in old technologies:
- the book (distance learning began when a teacher first said to a student, ‘go away, read this book, think about it, come back, and we’ll talk) and
- the auditorium (‘go sit in the twentieth row and take notes while I talk’).
- Outcomes comparable to those from courses taught on campus?
- Net gains in numbers of students enrolling and graduating?
- Net economic gains? (additional tuition and fees paid by these extra learners; lower costs of teaching students off campus).