Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Distance Education/Dispersed Learning
In the current digital age, information is available in greater volumes and with faster access than in any prior time in history. Harnessing this information effectively can be a challenge and an opportunity for counseling educators and students. Technological innovations are changing the educational environment and allowing for a wide array of flexible education opportunities. Many universities are offering options to traditional face-to-face, on-campus education programs and continuing education opportunities Distance education can be a cost-effective mode of instructional delivery, accommodating the schedules of a nontraditional student (i.e., older adults with job and family responsibilities). On many college campuses, on-campus students are also opting to enroll in distance education courses and distance delivered course sections to take advantage of flexible scheduling and the opportunity to study when their work and nonschool schedules allow. The underlying premise of distance education is that educational opportunities are available anytime, anywhere, and are designed ...