The Difference Between Correspondence Courses And Distance Learning

gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==adult books business coffee 374016 1 scaledOne big difference between correspondence courses and distance learning is the delivery of course material. In correspondence courses, learning materials are provided by the school to the students prior to the start of the course. In the past, before the internet, these materials (usually textbooks and workbooks) were mailed to students’ homes. But with the expansion of the internet, course materials are either emailed to students or made accessible through an online portal. And thanks to the internet, course materials have evolved from solely printed materials to include videos, audio recordings, interactive websites, and more.


In distance learning, the majority of the course material is delivered by the instructor, rather than self-taught by the student. Students attend a lecture style session and follow along with the instructor’s presentation. Instead of receiving learning materials in the beginning and being expected to teach themselves from provided material like in correspondence courses, students in distance learning courses are taught incrementally by instructors, much like in in-person classes.