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Distance Learning

Distance education is not a novel concept. As early as the 18th century, people used mail correspondence to deliver lessons on a variety of topics, such as shorthand. However, with the advent of the Internet, the speed with which content can be delivered and accessed has eliminated the delay typical of mail correspondence.

For the purposes of this entry, distance learning is defined as schooling where learning takes place via online activity in which students are not bound by time and place, and it is one in which offline activity time with teachers, counselors, or other school officials is limited to phone calls and periodic face-to-face counseling meetings. It is noteworthy that distance education is and has been a prevalent delivery model in both the military ...

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