Models of Distance Learning in Higher Education


This article is focused on distance learning in higher education. It analyses and compares the development of distance learning and conditions of distance learning in different countries. It describes significant differences in the development of distance education in higher education in individual countries.We meet with various forms of implementation of distance education. The di-vergence in approaches towards distance education in different countries is caus ed by different cultural aspects, the tradition of distance learning, the development of information and communication technologies, and different legislative norms in the area of education. There are many types of organisational models for distance education. A particular model might be dominant in one country, while in another country there may exist a variety of different organisational models for distance education.


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ZormanováL. (2017). Models of Distance Learning in Higher Education. International Journal of Research in E-Learning, 3(1), 49-61. Retrieved from

Lucie Zormanová 

PhD, associate professor, University of Jan Ámos Komenský Prague, the Czech Republic

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