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What Is Distance Learning?

Distance learning is a form of education that uses technology to teach and engage learners outside of the traditional classroom.

Distance learning enables educators in both schools and higher education to reach students anywhere, anytime—empowering collaboration, expanding access, and facilitating digital experiences.

How does distance learning work?

Distance learning is rooted in video and team collaboration and powered through connectivity. Security is the key consideration when selecting a platform. Enable distance learning with a secure, scalable, cloud-based collaboration platform that integrates with your learning management system.

How do I benefit from distance learning?

Distance learning enables your institution to reach students how, when, and where they want to be reached. Expand access to education and empower educators to explore new methods of teaching and collaborating.

Types of distance learning

Synchronous learning

Synchronous learning is distance learning that happens live as the educator and students log on to teach and learn in real-time.

Asynchronous learning

Asynchronous learning is distance learning this is not held in real-time. Teachers may record a lesson and expect students to log on to watch it later and can upload materials for students to complete at their own pace.

Hybrid learning

Hybrid learning combines synchronous and asynchronous learning to hold classes in the physical or digital classroom while expecting coursework to be submitted outside of the classroom. 

Open schedule courses

In open schedule courses, students are able to autonomously schedule their own progress and learn entirely through online textbooks and resources. Students are held to deadlines, however, completion of work relative to deadlines is up to each student.

Fixed schedule courses

In fixed schedule - or fixed time - courses, students learn online with a fixed course schedule and live interaction, just like they would in a traditional classroom. One example is computer-based distance education, where students must meet in a computer lab on a fixed schedule.