DISTANCE EDUCATION. Education that takes place when the instructor and participant are separated by space and/or time. The gap between the two can be bridged through the use of technology - such as audio tapes, videoconferencing, satellite broadcasts and online technology - and/or more traditional delivery methods, such as the postal service.
Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy and andragogy , technology, and instructional systems design that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically "on site".
It is the term used to expose the field of education where the instructor and the learner are separated by place and not necessarily by time. And the content of this type of education should be distributed using technology to reconnect the instructor with the student.
A term that covers the various forms of study at all levels which are not under the continuous immediate supervision of tutors present with their students in lecture rooms or the same premises, but which, nevertheless, benefit from the planning, guidance and tuition of a tutorial organisation. (Holmberg, 1977,p.9)
My point of view is that: there is distance education which contain both parts for instructor and learner or student and the student part could be called as distance learning. And I disagree with the view that says there is nothing approved as distance learning because already we have to principals which are “ E-learning *** Blended learning “
Today, each region has developed its own form of distance education in accordance with local resources, target audience, and philosophy of the organizations which provide the instruction. Students work on their own, with supplied course materials, print-based media and postal communication, some form of teleconferencing and/or electronic networking, and learner support from tutors and mentors via telephone or e-mail.
At the end we can conclude that distance education has started since earlier times but in different shape through the advancement of technology but still it focuses on the same idea of separating instructor and learner in place or and time and reconnect them through any useful technology.