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The U.S. Department of Education defines the term online education as learning that is accomplished either partially or completely over the Internet. This definition excludes other forms of distance learning still in widespread use, such as print-based correspondence education, television or radio broadcasts, videoconferencing, compact discs, and stand-alone programs that do not possess an online teaching component. As such, online education is just one piece of the much broader concept of distance education. A major benefit of online education is that it allows students, who may be geographically dispersed, the opportunity to interact and collaborate with an instructor and with other students by means of the Internet either synchronously or asynchronously. This allows students the ability to complete assignments as their schedules permit, providing for ...

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