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Education in Palliative CareBuilding a Culture of Learning$
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Bee Wee and Nic Hughes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198569855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569855.001.0001

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

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(p.179) Chapter 19 Distance Learning
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Education in Palliative Care
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Stephen Jones

Ilora Finlay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569855.003.0019

The traditional image of distance (or open) learning is the correspondence course, where the student and the tutor/institution communicate intermittently by the use of paper and the postal service. Distance learning has evolved to mean various things to different people. There is now a myriad of distance learning programmes, offered and delivered across the globe, at all levels of complexity and utilizing the latest advances in technology. This chapter examines some of the issues that potential students should consider as they attempt to make sense of the opportunities available and select the right course. Key considerations include reasons for choosing distance learning; understanding learning needs; what to expect from a distance learning programme; and the effectiveness of distance learning.

Keywords:   open learning, postal service, communication, reflective learning, feedback, Internet

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