A delivery system is a way of getting learning materials to learners and assessment and other information back to teachers. A familiar example is the traditional university course consisting of seminars, lectures, essays, and examinations. In distributed learning, the learners are separated from the instructors, so the delivery system ensures that the learners receive the learning materials that they need at the right time. Examples of delivery systems for distributed learning include printed materials sent through the mail, radio and television broadcasts, and the World Wide Web.

The design of a delivery system for distributed learning needs to reflect learner profiles, the subject matter, and the course structure. Learning materials are typically prepared some time in advance and then distributed to learners either according to a ...

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