Definition of Terms Used in ODeL

In this Student Information Handbook, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions of key terms shall apply:

Blended Learning

Means learning that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or pace. In this mode, face-to-face classroom practices are combined with computer-mediated activities regarding content and delivery.

Continuation Tuition

Means tutorial support that is offered during the second face-to-ace session in the semester of study.

Course work

Means part of the evaluation of the learners during their programme of study. It is usually a percentage of the entire evaluation. It constitutes continuous assessment tests, assignments, group work, practical sessions and any other forms of assessment as may be offered during the course of study.

Distance Learning

Means delivery of learning or training to those who are separated mostly by time and space from those who are teaching or training. The teaching is done with a variety of mediating processes used to transmit content, provide tuition and to conduct assessment or measure outcomes. The delivery modes may include correspondence, online provision and interactive CD ROMs, e-Learning and blended learning.

Distance Education

Means education of students who may not always be physically present at the institution. It uses various technologies (i) to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor; and (ii) to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor.


Means the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enhance distance learning, implement open learning and make learning activities more flexible as well as enable distribution of learning activities in different learning points.

Flexible Learning

Means provision of learning opportunities that can be accessed at any place and time. It relates more to scheduling of activities than to any particular delivery mode.

Home study

Means learning that is done by the learner when he/she is separated from the tutor.

Introduction Tuition

Means tutorial support that is offered during the first face-to-face session in the semester of study.

Mobile Learning or m – Learning

Means learning using personal portable devices such as phones or tablets to obtain learning materials through mobile learning platforms. Allows learners to access content anywhere/anytime and to immerse himself/herself into that content (alone or interacting with teachers or colleagues via web communication forms).

Online Learning

Means learning that takes place partially or entirely over the internet

Open Learning

Means policies and practices that permit entry to learning with no or minimum barriers with respect to age, gender, or time constraints and with recognition or prior learning.

Programme of Study

Means the prescribed syllabus that learners must be taught at each key stage (semester or part of study).

Virtual Learning

Means distance education which is largely web-centred, but does not necessarily limit itself to learners outside a conventional classroom. It uses multimedia and enables delivery of content, high level of interaction among learners, teachers, content, peers and administration.

Revision Tuition

Means the tutorial support offered to the learners during the final face-to-face session in a semester of study