There is currently only one university in Thailand offering international degree programs (English programs) via distance learning, online learning, or e-learning. These programs aim to serve those who cannot attend lectures for what reason ever.
If you consider studying via distance learning or over the Internet, you should be aware that such online degrees are not taken seriously by international employers, if you don't have a good reason for choosing this way of studies. Such a good reason is, for example, a statement of your current employer to confirm that you literally have no chance to attend lectures on a regular basis.
Distance learning at online universities was long viewed in Thailand as a cure for the problems in the education system. Still in 2002, leading politicians believed that video streaming of lectures conducted by good lecturers can make students anywhere in the country learning better. Such errand believes were mainly the outcome of heavy marketing activities of companies that had e-learning solutions on stock, which nobody in the western countries wanted to buy.
In the meantime, understanding has grown that e-learning is not the same as e-teaching, and that students don't learn any better when teaching is automated. Still, these misunderstandings are in the world, but now occur more on the students' side while universities offer ever more professional academic programs.
Please be aware that any form of distance learning lacks the social and communicative effects supporting accidental learning in a group. Even heavy use of Internet-based communication channels cannot cure this disadvantage. Distance learners need high levels of discipline and have to maintain self-driven learning over a longer period of time.
If online or e-learning is your thing, you may want to consider the following programs:
M.Sc. (ICT) Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology
Information on this site by the respective universtiy and Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand.
Wikipedia: Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy, technology, and instructional system designs that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically "on site" in a traditional classroom or campus. It has been described as "a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both." In other words, distance learning is the process of creating an educational experience of equal quality for the learner to best suit their outside the classroom. Distance education courses that require a physical on-site presence for any reason (including taking examinations) is considered a hybrid or blended course of study. This emerging technology is becoming widely used in universities and institutions around the globe. With the recent trend of technological advance, distance learning is becoming more recognized for its potential in providing individualized attention and communication with students internationally. The most widely cited pedagogical theory of distance education is that of "transactional distance". Distance learning is a flexible form of learning where a student can study from home, work, on the move or wherever else is convenient.
E-learning comprises all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. The Information and communication systems, whether networked or not, serve as specific media to implement the learning process.
E-learning is essentially the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classroom opportunities and digital collaboration. Content is delivered via the Internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tape, satellite TV, and CD-ROM. It can be self-paced or instructor-led and includes media in the form of text, image, animation, streaming video and audio.
Acronyms like CBT (Computer-Based Training), IBT (Internet-Based Training) or WBT (Web-Based Training) have been used as synonyms to e-learning. Today one can still find these terms being used, along with variations of e-learning such as elearning, Elearning, and eLearning. The terms will be utilized throughout this article to indicate their validity under the broader terminology of E-learning.
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