Distance Learning can be defined as
a system and a process that connects learners with distributed learning resources.
It is characterized by a geographical and temporal separation of the instructor
from the student and of students among themselves.
Studies have proven that distance
learning results in 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
but Stafford students may also send their written work to our College Terrace
The benefits of distance learning
include on-demand learning that is independent of rigid schedules. At Stafford,
a student can continue with his/her present employment while pursuing a chosen
programme of study. In addition, many students report increased motivation
from the use of these new technologies because of speedier corrective feedback.
Fluctuations arising from class numbers or socioeconomic background are virtually
All this results in a more efficient
use of resources. We have eliminated the need for expensive classroom space
which, in turn, is reflected in lower tuition costs. In effect, our campus
buildings are encompassed by the homes and offices of our students around
A flexible approach to curriculum
is the very hallmark of the Stafford tradition. What was previously achieved
through small classes now finds its analogous expression in technologies
that place a corresponding emphasis on personal learning and individualized
feedback mechanisms. To introduce and familiarize our students with these
features, we have prepared a number of short non-credit learning modules.
You can access information about them on the Projects page, where they are
described in more detail.