"Like training wheels, computer scaffolding enables learners to do more advanced activities and to engage in more advanced thinking and problem solving than they could without such help". (NRC,2000)
Scaffolding is an important aspect of K-12 education. Yet, its usefulness far exceeds primary and secondary level education. Scaffolding is also an important part of web-based learning. Distance learning is distinct from traditional education on a number of levels, but just like conventional teaching strategies, scaffolding can and should be an integral part of the design of most educational websites.