Defining Distance Learning and Distance Education
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King, F.B., Young, M.F., Drivere-Richmond, K. & Schrader, P.G. (2001). Defining Distance Learning and Distance Education. AACE Journal, 9(1), 1-14. Norfolk, VA: AACE.
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Volume 9, Issue 1, 2001
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Norfolk, VA
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Abstract There is, in most academic and scientific fields, a common yet distinct vocabulary. This precise vocabulary makes it possible for researchers and practitioners within that domain to communicate clearly and succinctly with each other. At this time, there is a lack of such a precise vocabulary in the domain of distance learning and distance education. This paper hopes to start the movement toward a common vocabulary by offering precise definitions of distance learning and distance education, and their interrelationship. This is accomplished by first proposing a single definition of learning and then breaking down the concept of learning into three subcategories: instruction, exploration and serendipity. Each of these, in turn, is defined and the concepts of distance learning and distance education are derived and categorized.
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