What is Distance Learning?

Simon Midgley

Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. In the UK such learning has its roots in students learning through correspondence courses.

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At undergraduate level distance learning usually means students engaging with learning materials at home or work.

The majority of UK undergraduate students study with the Open University (although many universities offer distance learning programmes); postgraduates study elsewhere. 

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