Pioneers In On-Line Education

June 2, 2003

Although in constant development in the past five to ten years, On-line Education already has a history of considerable duration, but apparently

little known. Nowadays many are still surprised to find out that in the late 70s and early 80s in the XXth century, there were those who developed

extremely interactive on-line courses, with superior quality standards and high levels of student and teacher satisfaction.

The pioneers of On-line Education lived those times amidst problems and difficulties still faced today by those who start in this area — and they

discovered or developed solutions and strategies to overcome them. However, all the knowledge put together throughout these years of experimentation and research seems not to be explored satisfactorily by today’s beginners.

Sharing this knowledge with a broader audience is the main goal of the On-line Seminar which Aquifolium Educacional will hold from June 13 to July 11, 2003.

Who are the Pioneers in On-line Education?

June 13-20, 2003

Models in On-line Education


Prof. Mason directed the Education Technology Center at the British Open University for many years. There she was one of the first to work, still in the 80s, with resources of computer-mediated communication in distance courses. A specialist of international renown, she has published several

books and articles. Her personal page can be visited at

June 20-27, 2003

On-line Education Environments


Prof. Turoff is considered the “father” of computer-mediated conference. He created the first system for on-line collective interaction, the EIES, back

in the mid-70s. Since then he has worked with systems and interfaces for use especially in collaborative learning and On-line Education. He is professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His personal page can

be visited at

June 27-July 04, 2003

Dynamic Collaborative Learning in On-line Education


Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University (and as of next semester at Simon Fraser University, Canada), Prof. Feenberg coordinated the first on-line course for top-level executives in the early 80s. His production in Philosophy of Technology and in On-line Education can be seen on his personal site at

July 04-July 11, 2003

The State of the Art in On-line Education


Professor at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Linda Harasim is one of the pioneers in On-line Education in Canada, working

since the 80s in computer-mediated distance education projects. Co-author of the now classic “Learning Networks” (with Murray Toroff, Starr Hiltz and Lucio Teles), Professor Harasim has lectured in several countries and published articles in the main specialized publications. Her personal page can be visited at