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Distance Learning

Stephen Jones and Ilora Finlay

in Education in Palliative Care

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780198569855
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730443 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569855.003.0019
Distance Learning

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The traditional image of distance (or open) learning is the correspondence course, where the student and the tutor/institution communicate intermittently by the use of paper and the postal service. Distance learning has evolved to mean various things to different people. There is now a myriad of distance learning programmes, offered and delivered across the globe, at all levels of complexity and utilizing the latest advances in technology. This chapter examines some of the issues that potential students should consider as they attempt to make sense of the opportunities available and select the right course. Key considerations include reasons for choosing distance learning; understanding learning needs; what to expect from a distance learning programme; and the effectiveness of distance learning.

Keywords: open learning; postal service; communication; reflective learning; feedback; Internet

Chapter.  7284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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