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Distance education

Parent term: Education

Education and training imparted at a distance through communication media: books, radio, TV, telephone, correspondence, computer or video.
Source: CEDEFOP 2008, Europe
A mode of education in which students enrolled in a course do not attend the institution, but study off-campus and may submit assignments by mail or email(also be referred to as: Distance study or Distance learning).
Source: UNEVOC/NCVER 2009, Global
The delivery of learning or training to those who are separated mostly by time and space from those who are teaching or training. The teaching is done with a variety of "mediating processes"* used to transmit content, to provide tuition and to conduct assessment or measure outcomes.
Source: COL 2003, Global
Distance education describes a set of teaching and learning strategies (or educational methods) that can be used to overcome spatial and temporal separation between educators and students. These strategies or methods can be integrated into any educational programme and potentially used in combination with other teaching and learning strategies in the provision of education (including with strategies that demand that students and educators be together at the same time and/or place).
Source: UNESCO/COL 2011, Global
Distance Education is a mode of teaching and learning characterized by separation of teacher and learner in time and/or place for most part of the educational transaction, mediated by technology for delivery of learning content with possibility of face-to-face interaction for learner teacher and learner-learner interaction, provision of two-way didactic communication, and acceptance of industrial process for division of labour, and economies of scale.
Source: COL 2015, Global
A generic term for modes of education in which the student and the teacher are separated in time and space. It includes online education (with ≥ 80% of the content delivered online) and blended education (with 30-79% of the content delivered online), as well as modes of education using printed material delivered by post and/or other tools for bridging the distance.
Source: UNESCO UIL 2016, Global
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