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Distributed Learning 3.0: Past to Future

, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States

Global Learn, in Berlin, Germany Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


This paper provides a historical perspective on the evolution of Distributed Learning and ties it to the evolution of the World Wide Web. Web 1.0 provides a passive, transmissive approach that is paralleled by the early forms of stand-alone computer based training. Web 2.0 provides an opportunity for end users to participate as content developers. In like manner, Distributed Learning 2.0 moves through a stage in which students are contributors to course – theories emerge to support a constructivist approach. Web 3.0 speculates that the Internet will become contextually aware. Distributed Learning 3.0 similarly predicts the blossoming of trends and techniques in adaptive learning.


Yacci, M. (2015). Distributed Learning 3.0: Past to Future. In Proceedings of Global Learn Berlin 2015: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 681-686). Berlin, Germany: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 2, 2020 from .



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