Brazilian Universal Institute

This limitation in the distance has direct impact in the amount and quality of the content to be offered in programs, being able until compromising the effectiveness of longer or less conventional courses. However, thanks to recent advances in the data-communication technologies and the massive investment on the part of companies and governments in the improvement of the infrastructure of telecommunications, the Internet of broad band promises to reach in the short and average stated period the final consumer. They are about connection services saw handle or radio, with high speed data-communication. By means of these lines computers hardwired to the Net they will be able to transfer to information in speed the 100 1000 times faster of what that one reached by the current connections (Viswanathan, 1999) 3.A CONVERGENCE IN the EAD the first generation of ED was marked by the correspondence process (letters) initiate in century XIX marking in Brazil its first course, of the Monitorial Institute, that, in 1939, offered course for correspondence, of radio-technician. After that, the Brazilian Universal Institute is had acting more than has sets of ten of years in this educative modality, in the country (It hisses, 2003). The second generation was marked teleducao/telecursos, with the resource to the radiofnicos and televising programs, expositivas lessons, ribbons of video and material printed matter. The synchronous communication predominated in this period. They had been distinguished telescola it, in Portugal, and the Project Press, in Brazil (It hisses, 2003).

The third generation was kept by interactive environments, with the elimination of the fixed time for the access to the education. In this environment the communication is asynchronous in different times, the information are stored and had access in different times without losing interatividade. The innovations of the convergent nets make possible advances in the education in the distance, in this generation of century XXI. Today the available ways are: teleconferncia, chat, fruns of quarrel, e-mail, blogues, spaces wiki, virtual environment platforms that make possible multidirectional interaction between pupils and tutors.