According to Dr. George Siemens, acceptance of distance education is growing due to the increase of online communication between people, whether they are family members, colleagues or strangers with whom they need to collaborate. Communication and collaboration with diverse and global groups has become much easier and more efficient in these last years. Dr. George Siemens believes that distance education will be impacted by new communication technologies, and that the higher education institutions will all gradually adopt distance education technologies although he also believe that face-to-face education will not be abandoned. Dr. Siemens did nevertheless not believe that k12 education would adopt national requirements for distance education. I also believe that online communication has become very important, and that people whether they are young or old are starting to use this technology to communicate among themselves.
Tools that are used to facilitate interactions among learners are Web 2.0, wikispaces, Skype, videoconferencing, facebook, email, websites, blogs, and twitter. These devices allow students to collaborate with one another and share files which will enhance distance learning in a learning community.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer).(n.d.). The fuure of distance education [Video program]. Available from http://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=6200912&Survey=1&47=4786670&ClientNodeID=984645&coursenav=1&bhcp=1)