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Distance learning, also known as distance education, open learning or e-learning, combines computer science, information technology and multimedia tools to provide courses and programs that students attend online on the World Wide Web (WWW) via television or through a combination of media. It is learning that occurs without the physical presence of a teacher.

The explosion of the internet, coupled with advances in educational software, has fueled distance learning and online education throughout the country. 97 percent of public universities now offer online courses. Last year, an estimated 3 million students took at least one class online and 600,000 students completed all of their coursework online. Some estimate that online student enrollment is expanding at a rate of 40-percent annually.

Though traditionally thought of as prepackaged courses taken by an isolated learner, people's perspective of distance learning is changing. Today, information technologies can allow a rich interactive experience that may surpass the interactivity of a traditional classroom. Advantages include:

  • Requires little or no travel. No traffic. Save money on gas and car maintenance
  • Complete course work where and when you want to
  • Pacing, sequencing, and style of the learning experience are left up to you
  • Offers easy access to learning resources (teacher, other students, library)
  • Directly addresses physical accessibility issues
  • Work with fellow class members without regard for appearance, race, sex, ethnicity, or other common prejudices
  • Interact with people from other parts of the world

Most students who enroll in distance education courses are over 25 years old, employed, and have previous college experience. More than half are women. As a group, distance learners are highly motivated. Their course completion rate exceeds that of students enrolled in traditional, on-campus courses. The successful distance learner is by definition a committed student. The individual must have the discipline to establish a regular study schedule each week and adhere to it without having to be reminded by an instructor or classmates to meet deadlines.

Recent statistics from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Education show that adult students are the fastest growing educational demographic growing 35 percent from 1970 to 2000. In 1974, only a third of college students were over 25 years old. By 1990, 40 percent were over 25. Today, 63% of all college students 25 years old or older in age.

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