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Distance Education Defined By Camille T.

Stegman The concept of Distance Education is attributed to Sir Issac Pitman and continues to this day as a viable way to learn. There are some basic foundations that define distance education. It is institutionally based, there is a separation of teacher and student, there is communication and learning experiences are shared. This definition has become the accepted way to think about distance education. My definition of distance education would include any method that has students communicate, creating, and construction knowledge regardless of distance from the facilitator. In this definition, schools can open their doors to a wider audience. Distance education can come to incorporate emerging ideas, such as, global education or blended learning. The key to my definition of distance education is the constructing of knowledge. It is imperative that distance education strives to collaborate and be creative in how knowledge is gained. If in fact, distance education becomes formulized, such as places like University of Phoenix, the student loses the tremendous opportunities. For example, occasions to work with others from different cultures and knowledge bases. The definition I have given is quite different from the definition in our text. I do not believe the current definition goes a deep or as rich as distance education evolves. I believe that my definition would stand up over the long term. Distance education, while certainly not the newest form of education, it has the potential to connect learners in ways we cannot possibly imagine. Distance educators need to be wary of falling into formulas styles of teaching and bring creativity and collaboration to this method of teaching.