According to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, “Distance education is defined, for the purpose of accreditation review as a formal interaction which uses one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and which supports regular and substantive interaction between the students and instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. Distance education often incorporates technologies such as the internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or videocassettes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, in conjunction with any of the other technologies."
In short, Distance Education classes are regular college credit classes that are delivered using internet technologies through our Learning Management System, Canvas. Distance Learning classes typically have a more flexible schedule and require a lot of reading and interaction with your instructor and peers through chat rooms, discussion boards, and other communication technologies. These regular interactions will help to support learning at a distance.