Distance Education or Distance Learning is the education of students who may not by always be physically present at a school. Courses that are conducted (51 percent or more) are either hybrid, blended or 100% whole instruction.
Distance education Distance education on the other hand is less a philosophy and more a method of education. Students can study in their own time, at the place of their choice (home, work or learning centre), and without face-to-face contact with a teacher. Technology is a critical element of distance education. However, distance education programs may not be open. That is certainly the case at the European Campus of Graduate and Professional. Students who wish to take distance courses and receive a European Campus degree must meet European Campus’s admission requirements (which are set very high), and take the necessary course pre-requisites. For undergraduate education, at least half the program must be done ‘in residence’, that is, by taking face-to-face classes on campus. Thus in practice students who live out of province or in foreign countries cannot obtain a European Campus undergraduate degree wholly at a distance. If an institution is deliberately selective in its students, it has more flexibility with regard to choice of technology for distance education. It can for instance require all students who wish to take a distance education program to have their own computer. It cannot do that if its mandate is to be open to all students. – See more at: www.europeancampus.edu.lk