Distributed learning is a broad definition of an educational experience that encompasses online learning where there is a distance between teacher and student for the majority of time, allowing for in-person contact, a variety of technologies, methodologies and experiences blended together to create individualized learning that provides learner flexibility and efficiency for both teacher and learner.
This form of learning can take multiple representations depending on learner context and program/course structure differing depending on the situation. The distinction of “what is” distributed learning changes somewhat depending on the unique context, however the defining characteristics such as: distance between teacher/student, use of online technology, synchronous /asynchronous engagement, flexibility and access to support and materials remain consistent. The definition of this concept is really quite broad therefore I believe that as long as the core characteristics exist, many different contexts can be placed within the category.
Certainly, my understanding/interpretation of what constitutes distributed learning has grown over this past week. My vocabulary associated with distributed learning has grown and I have a much broader understanding of the role of teachers in setting the stage for successful DL experiences. I have also been able to better place myself as a learner in this course, and my teaching context as a teacher at VLearn, within the framework of distributed learning; better understanding my role in both contexts.