While I was creating a post about distance learning, I noticed there were two different tags. One for online learning and one for distance learning. While distance learning covers a broader range (online, correspondence, etc.) online learning seems to always be distance learning and I suspect that most distance learning today is online. So, should we have two different tags for this?

Perhaps better to have a credit-learning and non-credit learning option.

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I could imagine some edge cases where online learning is not distance learning. I think there are less cases of distance learning not being online nowadays.

I think the two tags might be useful since I would think that questions about on online-distance learning could often be divided into a distance or online question.

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    Agree: distance learning is a subset of online, but the reverse does not hold.
    – aeismail
    Commented Nov 18, 2012 at 13:38
  • Then everything with an online tag should automatically get a distance tag? It seems like searching gets a little messy this way.
    – earthling
    Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 5:59
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    @earthling I don't think so. For example, a question about participating in online QA sessions would be online-learning. A question about establishing a relationship with a professor you never see would go under distance-learning.
    – StrongBad
    Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 14:20

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