ERIC Number: ED465901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Distributed Open and Distance Learning: How Does E-Learning Fit? LSDA Reports.
The distinctions between types of open and distance learning broadly equate to the concept of learning at a time, place, and pace that best suits the learner. Distance learning refers to geography, whereas open learning refers to time. Flexible learning is a generic term referring either to geography or time. Combining these distinctions allows for 10 different types of distributed open and distance learning. E-learning can be embedded in all forms of flexible learning as well as in "inflexible" learning methods. Some models of e-learning are as follows: (1) accessing electronic learning centers in conventional timetabled class settings; (2) timetabled distance learning, including structured and timed e-mail discussions; (3) the "book-in" model of e-learning, wherein learners book sessions; (4) the "book of tickets" model of e-learning, which entitles learners to a specified number of hours of support that can be accessed whenever the learner wants; (5) the "drop-in" model of e-learning, which allows learners to access a workshop whenever desired and as often as necessary; (6) the "clinic" model of e-learning, which provides learners with a series of planned telephone tutorials; (7) the "flexistudy" model, which is based on asynchronous communication via e-mail; and (8) the "helpline" model, which is the distance form of the drop-in model. (MN)
Descriptors: Classification, Computer Uses in Education, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Principles, Educational Technology, Electronic Mail, Foreign Countries, Internet, Models, Online Courses, Open Education, Postsecondary Education, World Wide Web
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom, England (Reference no. 1161). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/R1161.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)