Distance education

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Distance education (or distance learning) is a form of education where the teacher and the student(s) are not at the same physical location.[1] In this mode of education, students get their course materials delivered to their homes, including lecture notes and assignments, via mail or any other online portal.[2]

It follows that the teaching must be done via some kind of medium or a collection of media. Print, movie, television, radio, video chat and computer web sources have been used. In 1840 Isaac Pitman began teaching his shorthand by sending and receiving postcards. His success led to the establishment of correspondence schools.

Distance learning technologies using the Internet are used both for mastering individual advanced training courses for users, taking online courses and for obtaining higher education.

Types of Distance education[change | change source]

There are two types of distance education (or distance learning).

Synchronous (Paced)[change | change source]

It involves real-time delivery of lectures, allowing for live communication with teachers. This model requires teleconferencing and similar technologies, enabling face-to-face contact with instructors and classmates. However, it lacks flexibility as learners must adhere to scheduled class times.[3]

Asynchronous (Self-paced)

This type of learning allows learners to progress through the curriculum at their own pace. Weekly deadlines are provided, allowing individuals to work according to their preferred speed and schedule.[4] Course content can be accessed at any time, and interaction may occur through video comments, quizzes, and discussions.

Advantages[change | change source]

  • Flexibility — students can get an education at the right time and in a convenient place;
  • Extended reach - students are not limited by distance and can study regardless of their place of residence;[5]
  • Cost—effectiveness - the costs of long-distance trips to the place of study are significantly reduced.
  • Adaptability - Some instructors customise distance education programmes to serve their academic needs. Learners will get the chance to learn the course in any way.

Disadvantages[change | change source]

Some learners find remote learning distracting and may miss deadlines without direct interactions. Reliable computer and internet access are essential, and some instructors may require a webcam. Slow internet can cause frustration with long load times and frozen videos.[6]

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  1. Артюхов, А.А. (2021). "НЕКОТОРЫЕ АСПЕКТЫ ТЕОРИИ И ПРАКТИКИ ОРГАНИЗАЦИИ «ДИСТАНЦИОННОГО ОБУЧЕНИЯ» ПРИ ИЗУЧЕНИИ ГЕОГРАФИИ В ОСНОВНОЙ ШКОЛЕ" (PDF). Международный научно-исследовательский журнал (in Russian). Выпуск 5 (107). А.А. Артюхов: 4955. doi:10.23670/IRJ.2021.107.5.111. ISSN 2303-9868.
  2. "Distance Education vs Online Learning: Learn The Differences". www.learningroutes.in. Retrieved 2024-04-20.
  3. "Advantages and disadvantages of Synchronous and asynchronous teaching - Ucdenver.edu".
  4. Pappas, Christopher (2015-12-19). "Asynchronous Learning Advantages And Disadvantages In Corporate Training". eLearning Industry. Retrieved 2024-04-20.
  5. "Distance Learning Pros and Cons". Western Governors University. Retrieved 2024-04-20.
  6. "What Is Distance Learning? Types and Benefits". Coursera. 2023-11-29. Retrieved 2024-04-20.