Distance Education is delivered to students who are not physically in a classroom. Nowadays it includes mostly online programs and courses, but it also includes studies offered by correspondence, television programs, or video or audio means, or at an off-campus location. Often, 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. Students may work individually or in group and communicate with their instructors using print or electronic media, or through technology (such as telephone, emails, video and online teleconferences or seminar). Technology is a critical element of distance education.
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