- May 27, 2008
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- Olney, Maryland
Distance learning isn't limited to video training, but it doesn't include in person instruction, hence the term. It originally was done by mail, and the term was coined for teaching students who were not physically present. What you're describing are seminar attendees who practice what they learned at the seminar on their own between seminar dates. That isn't distance learning. If you want to apply the term to seminar students, that's fine, but I'm not the one who will have to field questions about usage of the term.I'm not sure I agree with you. Your definition would be more accurately called video training or home study course. It can be called distance learning but distance training was being done by Dan Inosanto (and others) with his seminar students long before the 1st video BB home study course came about. They did eventually start selling the VHS tapes to "fill in the gaps" between training sessions.
So video training can and is called distant learning but distant learning is "more" than just video training.
Distance learning is a huge industry and the term is in common usage. Universities and professors have been conducting distance learning since the seventeen hundreds and the meaning of the term was well established long before the birth of Lee or Inosanto. The style of instruction that you refer to doesn't even come up as an alternate definition. If you (the general you) are going to use a definition that is not in accepted use, then you may expect to be asked about it.
I'm not trying to be argumentative. As I said earlier, Simplicity explained what he meant. No worries.
Edit: The subject of seminar students does cross over with distance learning with respect to martial arts classes as GMs who promote it, such as GM Pelligrini, often offer seminars, both to reinforce their distance learning program and to earn extra income, as the seminars are rarely free, even to members.
I do think that a blend of the two (seminar/online or video training) is the best compromise. As with everything else, a lot depends on the nature of the material, the instructor, and the student. The reliability and capability of the technology is also a factor. Instructor's comment about a feedback system is another feature that can make this method more viable.