Is there a difference between open and distance learning? Some people may claim that they are one and the same but I think there is a distinction between the two. I get this question a lot and this is what I have to say:
Distance education is approached in various ways, with the more popular formats being print, audio, video, broadcast radio, television, and of course computers and the Internet. It is characterised by separation of geographic distance and time.
Open learning is defined as an approach to learning that allows learners flexibility and choice over what, when, at what pace, where, and how they learn. Open learning tends to be delivered via distance education that is characterised by separation of geographic distance and time.
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is therefore a term used to describe learning that uses ICTs to provide or enhance learning.