Understanding the Different Distance Learning Techniques

Understanding the Different Distance Learning Techniques

So you’re ready to try a new way to learn. That’s great! But before diving right in, you might want to take time to learn the various learning techniques you’re sure to encounter during your online learning adventure. Even within the same institution, you’ll find a variety of techniques in use. Here are the most common online learning techniques.

Open Schedule

Like the name suggests, this technique offers students maximum flexibility. With an open schedule, you’re given deadlines that must be met, but that’s it. As long as you meet your deadlines, it doesn’t matter where you study, or when you do your assignments. If you aren’t a procrastinator, and know how to take initiative, you’re probably a good candidate for open schedule distance learning.

Blended Learning

A blended learning technique is – you guessed it – a blend of an open schedule and required get-together times. With this distance learning technique, students must meet at predetermined locations, usually in chat rooms or classrooms, but can complete their assignments whenever and wherever it’s convenient.

Computer-Based Learning

This distance learning technique offers the least flexibility. Students are required to meet at a certain place and at a certain time. Computer labs and actual classrooms are generally where computer-based learning takes place.

Fixed Time E-Learning

With this technique, students will find a predetermined class schedule. But instead of sitting in an actual classroom during the scheduled times, students don’t have to go anywhere. All that’s required is that they’re logged in during their scheduled times, usually to a live online forum. They can be logged in from an internet café, public library, home, work, hotel, or anywhere they can get connected.