Online and distance learning is used to describe scenarios where instruction occurs in a separate location from where all or most student learning experience resides. While in most contexts online learning and distance learning can be used interchangeably, distance learning is a broader construct and online learning is a form of distance learning that takes place predominantly online. Millions of students across the country are enrolling in formal distance learning opportunities, while millions more are taking advantage of informal and open online learning experiences to gain skills and knowledge in order to advance their careers or for personal interest.

Education is transforming as advances in technology are radically improving accessibility. Indeed, the invention of laptops and mobile devices enabled students to learn in environments of ...

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