Terms such as distance learning, distance education, remote learning, cyber education, and others have become much more commonplace over the past year and a half, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced many school districts and institutions to change the way they provide services to students.
This shift to online learning has enabled many school districts to continue providing education for communities while keep students and faculty safe. But it has also introduced cyber security risks that IT and security decision makers in the education field need to address. And even with the Covid-19 vaccines and other measures helping to make in-school learning a reality again for many, it’s likely that some types of online learning will be around for a long time.
What is distance learning?
The concept of distance learning, also referred to as cyber education, remote learning, and other terms, is certainly not new. For example, community colleges and other institutions have been offering programs such as massive open online courses for students for some time. The pandemic has brought the concept to a whole new level of interest, however.
Distance learning is the education of students who are not physically present at a school. The concept typically involves online education, using the