Online Learning is One Form of Distance Education or Distance Learning.
Distance learning provides access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both. Distance learning is the process of creating an educational experience of equal qualitative value for the learner to best suit their needs outside the classroom.
Distance Learning technology is becoming widely used in universities and institutions around the world.
Traditionally, distance learning involved sending course materials in the mail. Now, with most people in the world having access to the internet, more and more distance learning is being offered 'online'. Online learning allows teachers to provide individualized attention and communication with students internationally no matter where they live.
Full degrees can be obtained entirely through distance learning in some cases.
Many courses are designed for self development and anyone of any age or background can enroll and learn more about their favorite subjects.