Distance Learning in the Age of Technology
I’d like to take the opportunity of the 2016 Easter celebrations around the world to provide you with some information about the American University of London in its 32nd year of service to education and to give you a brief overview of our history. But first let us begin with defining Distance Learning.
What is distance learning?
Distance learning (- e-learning) is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely by using electronic communication.
Because distance learning is less expensive than traditional campus-based education and is not constrained by geographic considerations, it offers opportunities in situations where traditional education has difficulty operating. Students with scheduling or distance problems can benefit, as can employees and businessmen because distance education can be more flexible in terms of time and can be delivered from virtually anywhere to virtually everywhere.
Popular distance learning technologies adopted by AUOL:
- Voice-centered technology, such as CD recordings or Webcasts
- Video technology, such as instructional videos, DVDs, and interactive videoconferencing.
- Computer-centered technology delivered over the Internet or the university’s corporate intranet .
Numerous studies have shown that distance learning is as effective as campus- based learning.
- When AUOL was founded in 1984, distance learning was in its infancy and an innovative method of education, of which we were pioneers. As with all new innovations, people were at first resistant to change they did not understand. In the past 32 years, AUOL has proven its ability to provide quality and enduring education to business people and to high achievers all over the world. Our alumni database of over 133.000 graduates from over 90 countries speaks for itself. Many of those graduates have gone on to further their studies at universities all over the world and have found gainful employment in top positions worldwide.
- At first detractors of distance learning were only able to understand traditional brick and mortar- based education.… In some parts of the world, distance learning is still viewed with suspicion due to the lack of understanding of the technological means of transmitting this form of education. Fortunately for seekers of education in our global village times are changing!
- One of the areas of misunderstanding relates to governmental accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and even when applied for, can often take decades to obtain in the USA, for example, a great number of universities are not officially accredited.
- AUOL has obtained agreements with a major private accrediting agency in the USA, which is recognized by the Department of Education in the State of California and by the Ministry of Education in Washington. On the strength of this AUOL graduates are eligible to obtain an equivalency certificate stating that their degrees are equivalent to corresponding US- awarded degrees.
- If required, AUOL degrees carry the Apostille of the US State Department in Washington and are signed by the Secretary of State.
- The modules (study manuals) of this university are on par with those used by the top universities in the UK. They are now all digitized to secure speedy delivery to students. These modules are the student’s “private tutor” at home.
- AUOL offers live online lectures on almost all the courses offered. These are available to registered students to watch (using their personal passwords) at any time of their choosing and throughout their course of study.
- The American University of London accredits, on an adjunct basis, over 300 highly qualified supervisors (with Doctorate and Master degrees who teach at various universities across the globe) to work with our students on a one to one basis until the students complete their programs of study.
- Our concern has always been- and will continue to be – to provide the highest quality education online and by distance learning to our students
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