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Featured Article: Distance education

Walton Hall, headquarters of the Open University. (Artist: Hilary French)
Distance education, or distance learning, also called correspondence education, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy, technology, and instructional systems design that are effectively incorporated in delivering education to students who are not physically "on site" to receive their education. Instead, teachers and students may communicate asynchronously (at times of their own choosing) by exchanging printed or electronic media, or through technology that allows them to communicate in real time (synchronously).

Distance education has developed as technology has advanced, from sending printed materials through the mail for students to study individually, to internet-based courses that allow students to interact with each other and the teacher in real-time. As distance education has developed, it provides the potential for quality education for all people, regardless of their location. As such, it is an important aspect of the establishment of a true human society.

Popular Article: Globalization

Increasingly the world is thought of as a whole
Globalization, as a concept, refers both to the "shrinking" of the world and the increased consciousness of the world as a whole. It is a term used to describe the changes in societies and the world economy that are the result of dramatically increased cross-border trade, investment, and cultural exchange. The processes and actions to which the concept of globalization now refers have been proceeding, with some interruptions, for many centuries, but only in relatively recent times has globalization become a main focus of discussion. The current or recently-past epoch of globalization has been dominated by the nation-state, national economies, and national cultural identities. The new form of globalization is an interconnected world and global mass culture, often referred to as a "global village."

In specifically economic contexts, globalization is often used in characterizing processes underway in the areas of financial markets, production, and investment. Even more narrowly, the term is used to refer almost exclusively to the effects of trade, particularly trade liberalization or "free trade."