Distance Education Definition in Retrospect

After reviewing the definitions of my fellow colleagues, I have to a couple of conclusions. One, we have all established the fact that distance education takes place from, for a lack of a better word, a distant location. Two, we all have a different perspective on the very idea of distance education.

I don’t think there are any real problems with anyone’s definitions. Each one describes some aspect of distance education that is true. Some of us think it is a tool that keeps an open line of communication with the instructor at all times, some think it allows for access to an endless repository of resources via the Internet, and some believe it allows for access to previous discussions to review what has been said already.

While it has only been a week and a half into the course, I think that our definitions will evolve as the semester goes on with the more discussions and readings we are exposed to over time. While we may not become experts on the subject by the end of the course, although that is what we all shoot for, we will have a better idea of what exactly is distance education.

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One Response to “Distance Education Definition in Retrospect”

  1. I just wanted to comment that I have already changed my definition of distance learning in the first week of classes. I can’t wait to find out what is next.


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