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Distance Learning and Electronic Learning (E-Learning): Are They the Same? An Overview of Some Tertiary Institutions in Ghana

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Author(s) Nana Yaw Asabere, Edwin Mends-Brew
On Pages 704-715
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 9
Issue Date September, 2012
Publishing Date September, 2012
Keywords Distance Leaning, Electronic Learning (E-Learning), ICT, Tertiary Education, Ghana



Abstract

Research has shown that there are various misconceptions about the equality of Distance Learning and Electronic Learning (E-Learning). Distance Learning and E-Learning do sometimes overlap or are used interchangeably in some cases but are not identical. The use of ICT in education clearly distinguishes Distance Learning from E-Learning, but up to date these two educational terms are sometimes still used interchangeably as synonyms. Distance Learning can occur in a traditional classroom without the use of ICT, but implementation of E-Learning is impossible without ICT integration. Sometimes these educational terms can be merged together to create an educational scenario but technically they are different. In order to contradict and make certain of these misconceptions, we used the current practices of some educational institutions in Ghana as case studies. Our research findings showed that some of our selected tertiary institutions in Ghana practice only Distance Learning or E-Learning while the others combine Distance Learning and E-Learning as educational modes.

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