Making Connections: Methods of Direct Interaction in Distance Learning 2011-01-1107
In today's fast pace world of innovation and technology, lifelong learning has become a necessity for anyone working in industry. This is especially true for those in alternative propulsion or other such rapidly evolving fields. Universities and other learning institutions are delivering ever more Distance Learning certificates, degrees, and programs in an effort to re-tool the technical workerforce. To ensure Distance Learning programs are effective, successful, and advantageous, personal interaction and direct connection in some form between the students, industry, and academia is instrumental. Communication and interaction are vital to learning, whether it is Distance Learning or other more traditional methods, and personal interaction should not be overlooked for any of these learning delivery methods. This paper will explore networking connections and methods available to ensure the flow of information in the Distance Learning environment, and discuss the importance of nurturing these connections.