The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has released a white paper titled, “Enabled By Broadband, Education Enters A New Frontier.” The paper highlights the successes and growth of distance learning, and suggests policy measures to ensure that barriers to continued growth are removed.
The four measures outlined in the paper are as follows:
* Educators and education officials should move forward with the development of online based curriculum and the digital content to support it.
* Policymakers should review accreditation rules, teacher licensing requirements, copyright law, and other laws and regulations that may unintentionally undermine the effectiveness of online learning and limit the use of digital technologies in the classroom.
* Policymakers should redouble efforts to deliver broadband connectivity to every American with universal deployment and adoption of broadband as the first priority in national technology policy.
* Policymakers should explore measures to enable the deployment and adoption of broadband in high-cost areas and avoid policies that can raise costs and make it harder for less affluent school districts and individuals to fully adopt broadband technology.
To read the paper in its entirety, visit www.usdla.org