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Distance Learning - October 2nd 2014, 03:59 PM

From Wikipedia: Distance education or distance learning is a mode of delivering education and instruction, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a classroom.

I've taken a few courses from a vocational/tech school about ten miles away; they're affiliated with a distance education organization. But I was wondering if there were other ways to do distance learning, because all the locations provide the same 300 or so courses.

I know there's a THer that does distance learning, and she linked her online school... They provide so much more and it's interactive, which means you can communicate with other students taking the same courses and the teachers (tutor for those outside the US).

I asked her if I could apply there, and she said it was only for those in the UK. I find that odd, because the distance learning organization allows foreign students to register with their local schools online.

I just want to know if there's any ways to do distance learning that offers more courses and interaction.
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Re: Distance Learning - October 3rd 2014, 01:42 PM

Hey Becki

Soooo were you referring to me there or..? It's the Open University I'm with, so I did a quick search on "Open University America" and found a page from the OU website with courses available in the US.
Keep in mind that you still have to pay for it, but there are tons of really interesting courses there you can consider if you want to. If you want any more information about the OU or anything related to Distance Learning let me know and I'll try to help.

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Re: Distance Learning - October 5th 2014, 01:37 PM

Open Universities seem to be across a lot of countries. There are also massive open courses, places like http://www.coursera.org/ offer free courses - but there's no accreditation. MIT Open Courseware also have free online courses.

These places have various levels of interaction with other students and staff. They also tend to be not accredited.

I have done a bucketload of study externally as well, so hit me up with questions if you like.

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Re: Distance Learning - October 5th 2014, 04:04 PM

Thanks, Louise and Tim!

Though the issue is, that I need accommodations since I'm hearing impared. Which means I will need a sign language interpreter or captioning. ED2GO which I am registered which and was talking about, has that. That's probably the only upside of it, really! The rest are all downsides, but it's just me that feels this way. Others registered with ED2GO may feel differently.

There is this one school, that is mainstream for deaf/hard of hearing and hearing, which has OU. They do provide accommodations for the deaf, obviously, but the courses I want to take aren't an option and a lot of them are hybrid courses. I would still love to know more, I'm not sure how to go about finding uni's that offers the OU.
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