Distributed Learning

Distributed learning is a term that describes learning activities that allow learners and instructors to participate in learning activities for disparate locations. This term is often used synonymously with distance learning - although many feel that distributed learning a more appropriate description as learners may not be physically distant to participate in online learning activities.

Useful Distributed Learning Websites

Advanced Distributed Learning - ADL employs a structured, adaptive, collaborative effort between the public and private sectors to develop the standards, tools and learning content for the learning environment of the future. The vision of the ADL Initiative is to provide access to the highest-quality learning and performance aiding that can be tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, anytime and anywhere.

Center for Distributed Learning - At the California State University Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) builds tools and facilitates educational communities that support teaching and learning.

Distributed Course Delivery (DCD) - San Diego State University CSU Instructional Technology Initiatives.

Open University - The Open University (OU) is the UK's distance learning university and has an open entry policy, i.e. students' previous academic achievements are not taken into account for entry to most undergraduate courses. It was established in 1969; and the first students started in January 1971.[4] The majority of students are based in the UK, but its courses can be studied anywhere in the world.

Evolving a Distributed Learning Community - Article from THE Magazine on emerging devices, tools, media and virtual environments for creating new types of learning communities for students and teachers.

The types of available technologies used in distributed learning can be divided into two groups: synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous technology is used in distributed learning activities in which learning is occurring in different places but at the same time. Asynchronous technology is used in distributed learning activities in which learning is occurring in different places but also at different times.

Synchronous technologies

* audio/video conference
* text chat (such as AIM)
* net meeting

Asynchronous technologies

* pre-recorded video
* podcast
* discussion forums
* print documents






social media


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