Distance Education Pioneers
Issac Pittman - English inventor of shorthand, credited
with inventing correspondence courses by mail in 1840.
Pittman - first encountered distance education during
the 1960's taking correspondence courses by radio while in the
US Navy. Pittman went on to become a major influence on the success
of distance education programs at Washington State University
and the University of Iowa.
Witherspoon - is credited with having
a hand in a variety of ventures that helped move distance education
move from correspondence courses to respectable academic endeavors.
He has written several books on distance education and currently
serves on the faculty of the Western Cooperative's Institute for
the Management of Distance Education. (7)
Rainey Harper (1856-1906)
is a pioneer in both education and distance education.
He is most known for helping establish and serving as the first
president of the University of Chicago. He implemented the First
University extension program in the United States at the University
of Chicago. (7,