Glossary Term

Distance education

An umbrella term encompassing a variety of education approaches that is applied when teachers and learners are separated by space and time, or both. DE includes high-, low-, no-tech approaches and solutions; and formal and non-formal learning at multiple levels (pre-primary, primary, secondary, post-secondary, and all tertiary levels, including technical and vocational education and training). Terms like “distance learning,” “online learning,” “remote learning,” and “e-learning,” all of which identify technology-enabled education approaches that require digital devices and internet connectivity, are a critical subset of the wider DE arena.