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Simply, Distance education or Distance learning is a criteria of education which maintain distance between student and education providers although they learn and teach well by using some another technology and method.

Distance education or distance learning program maintain a field of current education system which concentrate on technology and methods theoretically and practically with aim of procedure what include delivering better teaching, often on personal basis and some time by enhancing franchisee/ study centre to students who cannot present physically in a traditional education setting as like being appear in regular classrooms and all those necessary program decided by regular education.

Distance education having requirement of physical on-site presence for any reason (including taking examinations) have been referred as hybrid or blended course of study.
Online credentials for learning are digital credentials that are offered in place of traditional paper credentials for a skill or educational achievement. Directly linked to the accelerated development of internet communication technologies, the development of digital badges, electronic passports and massive open online courses (MOOCs) have a very direct bearing on our understanding of learning, recognition and levels as they pose a direct challenge to the status quo. It is useful to distinguish between three forms of online credentials: Test-based credentials, online badges, and online certificates.

Universally distance learning is described as “Process of establishing and providing educational infrastructure to learn and study while the source of education, information and knowledge seekers, learners and beneficiary bodies exist apart from each other and they are separated by distance, geographical biome and time, or all of these elements.”

Earlier Phases & Growth

In the 19th century, recently located modern distance education earlier depends on the development of postal services. It has been continued approx since Issac Pitman taught shorthand in Great Britania through correspondence in the 1840. It’s some timed claimed to be the first university to create distance learning education system by offering degrees through external programme in 1858 by The University of London. Now days this external programme is called as the University of London International Programmes and includes Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Diploma degrees by many colleges, these are London School of Economics, Royal Holloway and Gold Smiths.

First president of the University of Chicago, Mr. William Rainey Harper made in effect the concept of extended education, in The United States and for promoting this unique educational phenomenon the research university had satellite colleges of education in the large and wider community, favoring more social acceptance and increasing education in 1892, he also encouraged the concept of correspondence school courses, this ethic put into practice and work by Columbia University.

Upgrading more methods and technical goods beyond of postal service to deliver distance education in America, more presently, Charles Wedmeyer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is noticed well and he had created impressive mark for enriching distance education.