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ERIC Number: EJ857730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Learning across Distance
Cowan, Kristina
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n8 p4-8 May 2009
A 2008 report, "Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning," commissioned by North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) and others, defines online learning as "teacher-led education that takes place over the Internet, with the teacher and student separated geographically." The term "distance learning" includes online education, but is considered a broader category that includes use of computers, television, or satellites to deliver instruction. Online education can be synchronous, with teachers and students communicating in real time, or asynchronous, with students working at different times. Some online programs are supplemental, used by students otherwise enrolled in regular classes, while others are full-time, for students working at home. This article discusses the rapid growth of virtual-instruction programs, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of online education. It also highlights two issues of virtual learning that concern educators: (1) quality; and (2) effectiveness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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