Geoscientists of the 21st century must continue to learn throughout their careers to maintain a contemporary understanding of their discipline and their role in the ever‐changing E&P market. To satisfy this requirement, we envision continuing education built around distance learning made possible by low‐cost multimedia PCs and high‐speed Internet connections.

“By the time they are 30, most scientists are trapped in their own expertise.”

—Francis Crick

So let's transform the traditional CE, for Continuing Education, to ec for electronic communication (and also to mean “everyone contributes”—writers, presenters, instructors, professors, service providers, and learners themselves).

In 1900, a bachelor's degree in...

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