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Tele Education – Blessing Or Curse? Essay

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Tele-education - blessing or curse?As one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century, internet has a wide application in all aspects of our lives. As a result, in recent years, tele-education has been gaining its popularity at an amazing rate. Tele-education is also known as distance education. Moore (1990, p.xv) defined distance education as "all arrangements for providing instruction through print or electronic communications media to persons engaged in planed learning in a place or time different from that of the instructor or instructors". With the development of computer technology, a lot of information can be read on computers.Today, we are at the threshold of a new era in which technological learning solutions are developing into effective applications: The Internet has become an essential communications platform; private Intra-net networks are providing specific organizations and populations with higher levels of Internet service; technological learning environments are being developed (Beller, 1998, p.0).Unlike the traditional teaching method, educators can use comparatively hi-tech equipment nowadays, as well as the internet, it makes the lectures more attractive. Certainly, the appearance of tele-education influences model educators a lot and plays an important role that it undeniably becomes the biggest concern of the present-day world.The advent of the information age, computers, interactive capabilities of networks and video-conferencing can easily link educators with learners. For educators, tele-education is like telework in that it can provide a flexible work environment and offer reductions in commuting, and food and transportation costs (Bates, 2005). It offers the flexibility to them to teach in their own home or somewhere, at their own pace and at a time that suits them. Each educator can adjust his or her own teaching progress. This can help overworked educators to balance their work and personal lives, and can help them become more productive (Bates, 2005). Tele-education lets them decide what, when and where they wish to teach. This further enhances its appeal to fit in with busy lifestyles. Working in more flexible and friendly environment can improve the balance between educators work and their lives, and reduce stress and absenteeism. Tele-education also enables flexible interaction between the educators and the learners (Bates, 2005). This gives an opportunity for the educators to open up another option for people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to attend conventional training centers (Bates, 2005). Therefore, using tele-education can increase the number of learner.However, there are both merits and demerits for this phenomenon. There is much evidence that tele-education can be more cost-effective than traditional teaching method. In Petters's writing (1994), he examines the structure of tele-education and discovers the option of using tele-education to implement economies of scale and decrease...

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