Learning can be defined as a system and a process that connects learners
with distributed learning resources.Its characteristics include Geographical
and temporal separation of the instructor from the student and of students
among themselves. A quickened rate of knowledge transfer between expert
instructors and their students Interaction between the student and the
instructor is conducted through one or more of the electronic media such
as video networking.|
The benefits of distance learning include on-demand learning that is
independent of rigid schedules. Increased motivation from the use of new
technologies. Easier access to feedback mechanisms that allow for corrective
feedback. Greater flexibility in that fluctuations arising from class numbers
or even socioeconomic background are eliminated.
is achieved because the automatic collection of data on learner performance
can easily be operationalised. Reduced costs for delivery due to the elimination
of plant and labour intensive classroom instruction. Learner controlled because
each learner is able to review topics or to skip the material they already
know. The traditional commitment to small tutorial classes has given way
to a dynamic and student - propelled distance learning programme.
In summary, distance learning
is characterised by a more flexible approach to curriculum - the very hallmark
of the Shaftesbury tradition for close to a century.
could only be achieved through small classes now finds it`s expression
in programmes that place an analogous emphasis on personal learning and individualised
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