The integration of computers and other information and distance education technologies ischanging how students learn. Distance education provides a means for students to assess learningenvironments regardless of location/time constraints. Distance education also supports androgogicallearning principles. While the Internet has fairly widespread adoption and use in educationalinstitutions in developed countries, it is not the same for educational institutions in developingcountries, including Iran. In studying agricultural faculty, Murphy and Terry (1995) found that lowrates of adoption and use of information and distance education technologies was related to lowtechnological competencies and lack of training and development opportunities. For the integration,adoption, and use of information and distance education technologies to be successful, training anddevelopment programs must focus on the needs of the learners.

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