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Among the numerous definitions for distance learning, three in particular stand out. The first is provided by the Instructional Technology Council:

the process of extending learning, or delivering instructional resource-sharing opportunities, to locations away from a classroom, building or site, to another classroom, building or site by using video, audio, computer, multimedia communications, or some combination of these with other traditional delivery methods.

A second definition, this one from the International Association for Continuing Education & Training's website, suggests that “distance learning is a process through which knowledge and skills are acquired through distributed information and instruction.” Instead of meeting at a common place and time, learners and teachers interact using a variety of technologies, alone or in combination. These modes of interaction range from written correspondence ...

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