In distance learning the tools is not the main problem, even if it sometimes might look like it is – with computers breaking down, LMS systems not functioning etc. The main challenge of distance learning today is the learning itself.
A teacher will have to take a student centred approach to teaching, and provide students with opportunities to set some of their own objectives and work toward their own goals. Distance teaching requires a great deal of independent learning. So teachers will have to motivate students and provide them with a framework that facilitates memory and comprehension.The LMS does have the possibility of providing the means of organizing work and discussion groups, and the Internet represents a vast amount of information witch the student actively can use in her studying. But in order to get an active student and an active use of the various computerized tools of distant learning, we have to have teachers who fully understands the principles of active learning AND the use of computerized tools.
If the teacher is just presenting the lessons in the same way an “old-fashioned” teacher would lecture his students, or has no understanding of how to use the computerized tools, then the various Learning Managment Systems will be just another costly waste of time.