What is distance education?
Distance education, also called e-learning, and online learning, is a form of education in which the main elements include physical separation of teachers and students during instruction and the use of various technologies to facilitate student-teacher and student-student communication.
"Distance learning." Britannica Academic, Encyclopædia Britannica, 7 Nov. 2016.
Distance Education at Jefferson State is defined as access to college courses via educational technologies and Internet based content delivery methods that reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the need for students to be in particular locations at set times to receive instruction.
The successful online learner takes personal responsibility for his or her learning. The characteristics of a successful online learner include:
From "Strategies for Success in Online Classes" via EBSCOs Learning Express Library.
Online learning requires:
Reflect on the type of learner you are. Understanding the aspects of learning environments [independent versus a more supportive environment] will help you prepare and be more effective in your studies.
Levels of Interaction
Consider your preferred style of learning. Both traditional and online environments can offer elements of isolation as well as interaction. Be prepared to encounter both styles or even a mix of styles in your classes.
The following learning environments may be encountered in an online course:
Your Ideal Environment
Knowing the characteristics of the various learning environments will help you prepare for learning in either an online course or a traditional course. To be successful in an online course, you must take the initiative to follow a few basic rules: