Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, you must provide a thread in
response to the provided topic below. Your thread must be at least 500 words and include a
citation and reference in current APA format.

Discussion Thread: Distance Learning

Gomez, et al. (2016) write, “Culture greatly influences social behavior, communication,
cognitive processes, and pedagogical technologies. All of these elements are key components in
the online learning discipline. Hence, the design of online programs requires cautious study of
how people learn, what people learn and what people perceive as important to learn, depending
on their culture. Understanding the set of cultural and learning/teaching features will help the
educational community to provide better quality yet also culturally sensitive instruction.”

Because online/distance learning is increasing in use across the country for K-12 schools and in
higher education, the considerations for educators and learners are complex. Based on your
experiences as an online student and your professional teaching experiences, what do you believe
are the most critical factors for success in online/distance learning? What do you think the future
holds for online education?

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