Distance Education: Definitions and Glossary of Terms

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IAP, 2009 - Education - 258 pages
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Distance education is defined as institution-based formal education where the learning group is separated, and where interactive telecommunications systems are used to connect learners, resources, and instructors. This definition is expanded on in the 2009 yearbook of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, which validates this definition of the field. Distance Education: Definition and Glossary of Terms, 3rd Edition is unique in that it packages the terms together under one cover making this rapidly advancing complex topic easier to comprehend. The book addresses the complexities of terminology used in the field of distance education. In a time where distance education is becoming widely utilized across the globe, this at-a-glace approach makes it easier than ever to respond to the growing demand and questions about this subject matter.
 

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Contents

DEFINING DISTANCE EDUCATION
1
EMERGING DEFINITIONS
5
A BRIEF HISTORY OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
6
THEORY AND DISTANCE EDUCATION
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SUMMARY
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DISTANCE EDUCATION TODAY AND TOMORROW
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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DISTANCE EDUCATION IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING
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WHAT IS DISTANCE EDUCATION?
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THE FOCUS OF DISTANCE EDUCATION RESEARCH
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LEARNING OUTCOMES
59
LEARNER PERCEPTIONS
62
LEARNER ATTRIBUTES
65
INTERACTION
70
BARRIERS TO DISTANCE EDUCATION
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DISTANCE EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
76
SUMMARY
78

FACTS ABOUT DISTANCE EDUCATION
45
STATUS OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
46
SUMMARY
52
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
85
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