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Barriers to learning in distance education

by Jill M Galusha
Interpersonal Computing and Technology ()
  • ISSN: ISSN-1064-4326


Distance learning is an excellent method of reaching the adult learner. Because of the competing priorities of work, home, and school, adult learners desire a high degree of flexibility. The structure of distance learning gives adults the greatest possible control over the time, place and pace of education; however, it is not without problems. Loss of student motivation due to the lack of face-to-face contact with teachers and peers, potentially prohibitive startup costs, and lack of faculty support are all barriers to successful distance learning. This literature review explores distance learning and its barriers.

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