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
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
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 Strassford 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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