Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
|OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING (ODL)|
|Approaches that focus on opening access to education and training provision, freeing learners from the constraints of time (asynchronous learning) and place (distance learning), and offering a high level of autonomy and flexible learning opportunities to individual and groups of learners. This flexibility is related with the content of the course, the way in which it is structured, the place, medium and timing of its delivery, the pace of the process and the forms of support available. Types of open and distance learning are correspondence education, home study and independent study, continuing education, self-education, adult learning, technology-based education, learner-centered approach to education, open learning, flexible learning, e-learning, computer-based training (CBT), and distributed learning. Open and distance learning offers a number of advantages to learners and to providers of learning opportunities.
The concept of open and distance learning has the following characteristics :