The Mobile eLearning Express: A Brief History of Distance Courses

Guest post by Marie S. Lewandowski. Marie is a Sr. Instructional Designer, eLearning Consultant, Feature & Technical Writer.

“Spurred by the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men on horseback carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. Though the famous mail service only lasted from April 1860 to October 1861,”  it was a reflection of early communication methods. Distance education programs did get their start relying on mail correspondence and still do today, for example, in rural Alaska and Australia.

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