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Distance Education
Distance Learning

Distance Education has traversed four to five 'generations' of technology in its history. These are print, audio/video broadcasting, audio/video teleconferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/ online-learning, computer broadcasting/webcasting etc. The increasing popularity of mp3 players, PDAs and Smart Phone has provided an additional medium for the distribution of distance education content, and some professors now allow students to listen or even watch video of a course as a Podcast. Some colleges have been working with the U.S. military to distribute entire course content on a PDA to deployed personnel.

Distance Learning concept

Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy, technology, and instructional systems design that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically "on site." Rather than attending courses in person, teachers and students may communicate at times of their own choosing by exchanging printed or electronic media, or through technology that allows them to communicate in real time. Distance education courses that require a physical on-site presence for any reason including the taking of examinations is considered to be a hybrid or blended course or program.

Furniture Arrangement

Distance learning may take place at sattelite locations away from the main campus of an institution. In these cases, a videoconferencing setup is usually preferred over a traditional classroom. A conference table system serving class sizes 5 to 20 in scale allows real-time interaction among the participants in the room and the instructor on the screen. Capture of the session may be produced as Podcast content for those off site.

Multi-point videoconferencing may reach out from such a classroom to any remote location in real time.

Distance education. (2008, February 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:17, February 12, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Distance_education&oldid=190761415
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