The hottest thing about distance learning today is that an engineering degree is no longer required. Technological "transparency" is the watchword today. The new focus is all about educational outcomes and effective instruction.
In the distance-learning classrooms of the past, the logistics of networking and the static location of peripherals have been serious obstacles. Pre-determined, pre-configured peripherals limited what could be used in electronic classrooms. Network connections limited the types of information that could be delivered to the target audience. Only the techno-savvy super-teacher, knowledgeable in networking, hardware, and video, was really in control of the electronic classroom.