Advances in networking technology have literally changed the way distance learning is perceived. High-capacity networks are increasingly essential to next-generation classrooms, labs, music rooms and learning facilities.

Distance learning happens whenever the source of information and the learners are separated by time, distance or both. Distance learning has come a long way from the time of mail-order correspondence courses and now commonly incorporates alternative instruction material into the curriculums such as; multimedia materials, distance libraries, video streaming, and access to learning object repositories.

Technological advances are taking distance learning beyond traditional E-learning and virtual classrooms. High capacity networks have created an environment that allows researchers and educators to remove the constraints of time and distance in an effort to increase collaboration, make possible more complex research, better share knowledge about data and processes, and set the foundation for local researchers to work with national and international projects and partnerships.

CANARIE’s Network Regional Partner in Alberta is considering the next evolutionary step in distance learning. Cybera is working with several post-secondary institutions to pilot a “learning management system on the cloud” project.

The mandate for Distance Learning within Yukon rests with Yukon College for postsecondary institutions and the Yukon Territorial Government for K-12 institutions. The Yukon Research Centre is committed to helping researchers, educators and innovators contribute to the social and economic prosperity of Yukon and supports the development of shared services for Yukon’s education community.

If you are enrolled in distance learning or would like to be as part of your research, innovation or personal development activities, please take a moment to fill out the Survey Questionnaire. We need to know what your priorities are for additional research services. Your answers will guide us into the future.


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