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Online education

There are many terms for online education. Some of them are virtual education, Internet-based education, Web-based education, and education via computer-mediated communication (CMC). The following definition of online education is based on Desmond Keeganís definition of distance education. Hence, online education is characterized by:

- the separation of teachers and learners which distinguishes it from face-to-face education

- the influence of an educational organization which distinguishes it from self-study and private tutoring

- the use of a computer network to present or distribute some educational content

- the provision of two-way communication via a computer network so that students may benefit from communication with each other, teachers, and staff


Paulsen, M. F. 2003. Online Education and Learning Management Systems - Global Elearning in a Scandinavian Perspective. Oslo: NKI Forlaget. Available online via www.studymentor.com