Distance learning is not new. Correspondence courses have been around for well over one hundered years. Technology has improved and created greater access to courses.
Distance learning (DL) is the fastest growing sector of education today. This year more than 3.2 million students will take at least one online course. By 2011 the majority of U.S. postsecondary students will participate online, at some level, in virtual learning. (USDLA)
Creating learning materials for both online and face-to-face instruction is time-consuming. Luckily, there are more and more free open source sites for instructors to share their learning materials.
Merlot is a multimedia educational learning resource for learning and online teaching.
OeDB is an online database that offers learning material and resources
Open University gives free access to learning materials
On Course is a one stop resource for educators who are looking for learner-centered strategies and activities.