Do you want to know more about about online learning? The pages in the online and distance learning web site have been developed to help you find out what it is, the difficulties, the advantages, where you can find suitable programs, and more ...
Online learning is becoming increasingly popular. It is such a convenient mode of study for many people, especially those who are working and do not wish to take time off work to attend campus for their studies.
In this web site, teachers can find out more about how ICT is changing classroom education, the social media tools that are facilitating so many of the changes, and obtain tips and resources for their own teaching.
Students can find out more about how you learn by online distance learning (e.g., in tips for learning online) and obtain help in finding a suitable distance learning online program or a school that offers the program you want, and more ...
Are you a student wanting to know more about what distance learning is all about? Or how new ICTs are changing classroom education? Or are you wanting to find out about online programs in a particular discipline, or about college admission, or financing for your studies, or free education? This section of the web site tries to help you find some answers.
Are you wanting to find a school for an online program? If you know the subject area you want, browse the online schools and programs at the foot of the page, and/or use the search form to the right to find the school or program most suitable for you.
In these difficult financial times, there has been a massive increase in the number of learners wanting to know more about taking their studies at a distance using elearning (online learning) technologies. Not only is learning online usually more affordable, it is also more convenient for these distance education learners.
What is important to recognize is that anyone can register for online courses and earn their degrees. In this manner, they can study full time or part time, if they have other responsibilities. Many people have found that this is the best way to start a new career or complete certain credits they were lacking in their degree, while they maintain their current job.
But one of the good things about elearning is that it is not only used in distance education programs - it is also used for campus-based programs.
Distance education has been a method of learning for individuals wanting to study at home for at least one hundred years, starting with correspondence learning (home study) via postal mail. With the greater use of computers and the Internet, it is now possible to offer distance education programs using only the online modality. In fact, distance education programs in the US and Canada use online learning so much, that for many people distance education is thought to be only about elearning.
But in reality, not all distance education programs are offered offered totally online. In fact, many distance education programs use a mix of modalities in that they also refer the learner to physical books. However, even these books are increasingly available online.
In many developing countries where the availability of computers and access to the Internet cannot be assumed, distance education very often still uses a mix of hard-copy study guides, books and attendance at weekend classes. There are many initiatives to try to change the problems of access to ICT, e.g., "One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)", so that those countries can also reap the benefits of using ICT in learning.
New information and communication technology (ICT) has made online learning or elearning possible, in which learners can participate in interactive learning using audio and video-conferencing, email, chat and computer-conferencing. The distance learner can now have almost the same instructional contact and interaction as the student on campus. This is why distance learners want to know more about studying programs online.
But elearning is not just the province of distance education. It is also used in campus-based education. The on-campus student can now have another modality to use in addition to the lecture and tutorial. So on-campus students and teachers also need to know more about elearning. This Online and Distance Learning web site also has a section on campus programs.
Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.
Wanjira Kinuthia, Georgia State University
Stewart Marshall, The University of the West Indies
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Globalization has made an enormous difference to the way we live and work, and I don’t just mean the impact of petrol prices on our driving habits.
Communicating with someone on the other side of the world is just as easy as communicating with someone next door. People change jobs more often than before, and jobs change just as frequently. And all these changes underscore the importance of education in this globalised, competitive, technology-driven, knowledge-based economy.
Living and working in today’s world demands that we know how to acquire knowledge and that we have well-developed critical thinking skills, excellent communication skills, and a desire for life-long learning.
And these are precisely the skills and attitudes that you should seek to develop in yourself. You shouldn't only acquire knowledge – you should also acquire the skills to acquire knowledge. In particular, distant learning requires that you develop these skills.
If you are learning by distance, the mode of learning that you will be using in your distance courses will vary according to the programme you have selected. In some programmes the mode will be mainly print materials. In other programmes it will be the online mode. And in some programmes it will be a blend of these modes.
In effect, the print and online materials replace the lectures that students get in a face-to-face course. But it usually does more than those lectures – the courseware often includes questions, exercises and further reading so that your learning can be active rather than passive. And that is the key - successful distance education requires ACTIVE LEARNING.
In this video, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens to report on real news. The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
We recommend that students new to online learning take the Open University UK online course "Living with the internet: learning online".
A report released recently by the U.S. Department of Education, which analyzed 46 studies comparing online learning to face-to-face education, concludes that the former is more effective - at least at university level and in certain aspects.
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