Distance Education

Definition of Distance Education

6.7.1.1 Definition of Distance Education

Distance education means education that uses one or more of the following technologies (i) to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor; and (ii) to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, synchronously or asynchronously. The technologies used may include: (i) the internet; (ii) one way and two way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; (iii) audioconferencing; or (iv) videocassettes, DVDs , and CD-ROMs, if the videocassettes, DVDs or CD-ROMs are used in conjunction with any of the technologies listed in clauses (i) through (iii). o 6.7.1.2 Definition of Correspondence Education Correspondence education means: (i) Education provided through one or more courses by an institution for which the institution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor. (ii) Interaction between the instructor and the student is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student. (iii) Correspondence courses are typically self-paced. (iv) Correspondence education is NOT distance education. o 6.7.1.3 Definition of a Distance or Correspondence Education Program A distance or correspondence education program is one in which a student could earn the credential by taking 50% or more of the work in the distance or correspondence education courses. o 6.7.1.4 Definition of a Distance or Correspondence Education Course Distance or correspondence education courses are those in which 75% or more of the instruction and interaction occurs via electronic communication, correspondence, or equivalent mechanisms, with the faculty and students physically separated from each other.