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Online Distance Learning
 
Online distance learning is an instructional system which connects learners with educational resources. Students work on their own at home, at work, or at school andcommunicate with faculty and other students via e-mail, electronic forums, videoconferencing, chat rooms, bulletin boards, instant messaging and other forms of computer-based communication. There areboth advantages and disadvantages to online distance learning.
 
There are many benefits to using online distance learning environments. Online education is available all the time and anywhere.However there are drawbacks for some learners. The online learner only has the written text and no other face to face cues. This may confuse the learner and cause misunderstanding. While distance learningallows for an open communication, it is also difficult because it is done by e-mail messages and writing and therefore may take more time than face-to-face learning. The bulk of messages can sometimesbe overwhelming for many online students.
 
Universities, Colleges and Schools use virtual online distance learning environments. These are important for students who may be unable to attendclasses for various reasons like illnesses or busy everyday schedules. Some learners just want to further their studies at home. They enjoy the convenience of  home learning as they take regular programs orenrichment classes.
 
Online courses keep learners very occupied at all hours of the day. There is a great deal of messages and other online resources to read and respond to. Most learners haveregular jobs or attend regular school classes as well. However, the benefits are clear. Online distance learning is becoming very popular. Some virtual online classes have become a profitable businessbecause they replace regular traditional means of learning.

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Distance learning: aprendizaje a distancia
Which: el cual
Learners: estudiantes
With: con
Resources: recursos
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