The method of obtaining training without being physically present during the class. Instead, you view the class on a computer screen or by satellite broadcast. For example, an engineer may use distance learning by computer to solve (by teleconference) a malfunction on a Pacific oil rig.
Online courses, mostly in high schools, have proliferated despite debate about their effectiveness compared with F2F instruction. The number of times students enrolled in distance learning courses connected with public schools (using Internet, two-way video or other technologies) rose from about 317,000 in 2002-03 to more than 506,000 in 2004-05, the National Center for Education Statistics reported in June. That's a 60 percent increase. In at least 66 percent of the cases, the report says, students earned credit with a passing grade. Read more in the link below!