The basic concept of the long-distance education is simple: pupils and professors are separate for in the distance and some times also for the time. The first alternative that allowed the people to be communicated without being face the face was the writing. The long-distance Education initiated with the invention of the press. In 1987, the communication based on the writing through an announcement of the Gazette of Boston had beginning. In 1833, the first experience appears of long-distance Education in Sweden.
In 1840, the Penny Post in England was created. In 1833, the state of New Iorque authorizeed the Chatauqua Institute to confer diplomas of courses for correspondence. In 1856, the Society of Modern Languages, in Berlin, initiated courses of Frenchman for correspondence. In 1938, in the city of Victory, in Canada, it was become fullfilled First Conference on Education for Correspondence. more and more countries had been adopting the long-distance Education in practically almost the whole world, as much in nations industrialized, as well as in developing countries. Exactly that it can have divergence how much to the first institution and the first long-distance course, the bibliography is unanimous how much to the importance of the Open University of England, created in 1969 as a landmark and a model of success that has performance detached until today. The evolution of the long-distance education identifies the existence of three generations. The generations of long-distance education.
The first generation (up to 1970) has as characteristic the study for correspondence. The second generation (of 1970 the 1990) has as characteristic the sprouting of the first open universities. The third generation (of 1990 until the current days) is based on nets of conference for computer and stations of multimedia work. She is directly on to the use of the personal computer and the Internet. The Athabasca University, located in Canada, initiated its program of long-distance education in 1971 and its mission, formulated in 1985.