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Distance learning, or distance education, is defined as education where instruction and learning take place at a distance or not in the same physical space. Often this type of education spans temporal boundaries since it is predominantly delivered asynchronously or not in real time using an array of digital technologies. However, there are situations where instruction and learning can happen synchronously (in real time) using web-based technologies, such as digital collaboration tools (e.g., BB Collaborate, Adobe Connect, Skype, GoToMeeting). Distance education allows instructors and students more flexibility in when and where learning can take place.

With advancements in online technologies, distance education today is more commonly known as online learning since it is where a good portion (usually 100%) of distance learning now takes place. Blended ...

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