Development of a Distance Learning Infrastructure

  • Linda K. De Grand North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Keywords: Higher Education, Distance Learning


Distance learning is rapidly becoming a fixed component in our national educational environment. This article describes the evolution of North Carolina's statewide distance learning infrastructure as an example of various technical and educational issues that emerge in such a process, including technological interconnection, educational outreach, and multi-institutional cooperation. Needs to be addressed for future growth include lower costs, enhanced instructional effectiveness, legal and regulatory concerns, and the question of national leadership for distance learning.