Distance in Distance Learning by
University of Texas at Austin
in Electronic Literacy Spring 2000(3),
essay discusses an Internet-based project called TX2K: The Texas 2000 Living
Museum, developed by the Institute for Technology and Learning at the University
of Texas at Austin. I will attempt to situate TX2K within the larger
context of current ideas about what is variously called distance education
or distance learning, especially as these ideas come into play in
university-based efforts to address the needs of public K-12 education.
I will suggest that we should instead be talking about distributed teaching
and learning environments that draw upon the strengths and energies of
teachers and students throughout the network. Thus we can reconceptualize
the distance in distance learning not simply as an obstacle to overcome
but as a resource to exploit as we attempt to build the capacity of the
educational system as a whole.
Note: Because of the length of this article, it has been divided into 5