Distance Education

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This is all about Distance Education-Distant Learning. You can also get some information here about it's Advantages.

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Distance Education

  1. 1. Distance Education (Distance Learning, Open Learning, E-learning, Online Learning Or Web-based Learning.)  Education where teachers and students are separated in the place and time. The gap between the two can be bridged through the technology. Particularly those relying on computers, audio or video technology as the medium of delivery and, sometimes, for two-way instruction.
  2. 2. Characteristics of Distance Learning Provides learning opportunities to individual learners and groups who may not have the chance and time to attend formal schooling. Learner – centered. Provides learning packages designed for self- directed learning utilizing various media, multi- media and other new technologies. Has an organizational structure and clear institutional systems.
  3. 3. Advantage of Distance Education  Distance education does not require commuting.  You can complete most of the classes at your convenience.  Live anywhere, study from anywhere while pursuing the education of your choice.  Gain extra knowledge.  Self-paced learning.  Accessibility.  Convenience and flexibility.  Interaction.  Individualized Instruction.  Vast Resource Readily Available.  Potential.  Cost.
  4. 4. Key Players in Distance Education Students Faculty Support Staff Administrators Facilitators
  5. 5. Interaction and Technology in Distance Education Interaction in a traditional classroom is much different than the interaction that occurs in distance education. Distance education programs mix instructional technologies with strategies to help the learners interact with the instructional content.
  6. 6. Four types of Interaction Learner Content Learner Learner Learner Instructor Learner Technology/ system
  7. 7. Interaction with content takes place when the learner establishes new knowledge by encountering new information & combining it with the body of knowledge already retained by him or her. Interaction with instructors can help students clarify unclear points and reinforce correct interpretation of course information. Interaction with learner is intended to promote understanding of the course content and stimulate critical learning. Student’s experience with computers can affect their learning in distance education as well as improve their computer skills.
  8. 8. Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Interaction Distance education supports both synchronous and asynchronous interaction.  Computer-based instruction may be synchronous, as when computer conferences are held at pre- established times via chat technologies, or it maybe asynchronous as when learners retrieve instructional materials via the internet and act on them at their convenience.
  9. 9. Distance Education Technologies Print Technology Computer Technology Video Technology Audio Technology
  10. 10. The print materials were mailed to students and returned to the teachers through the postal system. Primary computer technologies that is used for distance education include e-mail, online collaborations, and Web-based education. The ability to see and hear an instructor offers opportunities foe behavior modeling, demonstrations, instruction of abstract concepts. Voice technologies offer cost-effective ways to enhance distance learning courses
  11. 11. Research and Distance Education Research comparing distance education to traditional face-to-face instruction indicates that teaching and studying at a distance can be as effective as traditional instruction.
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