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distance learning
Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 

A type of education, typically college-level, where students work on their own at home or at the office and communicate with faculty and other students via e-mail, electronic forums, videoconferencing, chat rooms, bulletin boards, instant messaging and other forms of computer-based communication.

Most distance learning programs include a computer-based training (CBT) system and communications tools to produce a virtual classroom. Because the Internet and World Wide Web are accessible from virtually all computer platforms, they serve as the foundation for many distance learning systems.

Contrast with Web-based training.

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Distance Education at a Glance 
Contains a series of guides aimed at helping teachers, administrators, facilitators, and students understand distance education.

Distance Education Clearinghouse
University of Wisconsin-Extension's site for resources associated with distance learning. Some links include: news and information, overviews, programs and courses, conference information, interactive delivery systems, professional resources, and related Web links.

Models of distance education - overview
Provides a conceptual planning tool developed by the University of Maryland System Institute for Distance Education. Includes planning issues for each of the models discussed as well as types of support, evaluation and laboratory experiences.

The Globewide Network Academy
Searchable database of over ten thousand distance learning courses and degree programs.

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA is a non-profit association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. It contains links to USDLA goals, achievements, policies and member information, distance learning research and legislative activities, and meeting and event information.

Yahoo!'s distance learning page
Yahoo!'s directory of distance learning.

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