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Distance Learning

  1. 1. <ul><li>A formalized teaching and learning system </li></ul><ul><li>specifically designed to be carried out </li></ul><ul><li>remotely by using electronic communication . </li></ul><ul><li>Also known as: </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Education </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Remote Learning </li></ul>Distance learning
  2. 3. Means of delivery <ul><li>Synchronous technologies </li></ul><ul><li>All participants must “present” </li></ul><ul><li>at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Asynchronous technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Participants are not required to </li></ul><ul><li>be together at the same time </li></ul>Same time, different place Different time, different place
  3. 4. Asynchronous technologies Audiocassette Email / Message board forum CD- Rom Television Radio Online learning
  4. 5. Synchronous technologies Telephone Videoconferencing Webconferencing Audioconferencing Internet chat Online learning
  5. 6. <ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Easily accessed at home </li></ul><ul><li>Can study in the comfort of your own home </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility to set your own studying hours </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to work at your own pace </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of Access </li></ul><ul><li>People who live in remote areas </li></ul><ul><li>No need to travel and no time wasted on travelling </li></ul><ul><li>Affordability </li></ul><ul><li>You don't have to pay for food , lodgings and milage </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Invite expert to interact with students via videoconference </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-sensory </li></ul><ul><li>Wide variety of materials </li></ul>Advantages
  6. 7. Disadvantages <ul><li>No Social Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling isolated on a distance learning course </li></ul><ul><li>Too Much Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Need discipline or high motivation to set their own </li></ul><ul><li>schedule for studying </li></ul><ul><li>Requires New Skills/Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the technology and medium that is going to be </li></ul><ul><li>used to deliver the course materials </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Equipments and hardware malfunctions </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Support </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of face-to-face contact and support from other </li></ul><ul><li>students and tutors </li></ul>
  7. 8. For Whom??? <ul><li>People who work full-time can study around their </li></ul><ul><li>working hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Full-time parents can study when the children are at </li></ul><ul><li>school or asleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled people don't have to leave their homes to </li></ul><ul><li>study. </li></ul><ul><li>Older people don't have to feel self-conscious in a room </li></ul><ul><li>full of teenagers. </li></ul><ul><li>People who live in remote areas don't have to travel </li></ul><ul><li>miles to get to a school. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Why study?? <ul><li>Gain a promotion at work </li></ul><ul><li>Learn a new skill or trade </li></ul><ul><li>Improve their knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>To boost confidence </li></ul><ul><li>To keep their training up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>To help them to achieve their ambitions </li></ul>

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