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Distance Learning or Distance Education is a field of education that focuses on teaching methods and technology with the aim of delivering teaching, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in traditional educational setting such as a classroom. In layman’s language, this is when the students and the lecturer are not physically present in the same venue. It has also 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. An example is a complete online degree program organized by an institution where students take their classes, assignments, quizzes and exams online and at the end, are given their certificates for participation. Another example is when the teachers pass information to their students using a form of live feed (audio/3D) whereas the teacher is at home or somewhere else but is broadcasting lecture to students at his/her own comfort. Another good example is an online system where the students can go back to after classes and check for class notes, take assignments, have one-on-one chat with their lecturers, and get better understanding on topics that were taught in class and not understood. This project would focus on the latter example.

This project would focus on two (2) Departments in Babcock University which has been chosen as a case study in order to give a very accurate, efficient, and detailed project. The reason for choosing two (2) departments only is to avoid a wide project which would require more energy, resources and a lot of time. The chosen departments are: * Computer Science

Computer Science
Computer Information Systems
Computer Technology
* Agricultural Science
This project will help build an interface where students of the chosen departments can refer to after class to gain better understanding of certain courses learnt and also talk one on one with their respective lecturers.

Statement of Problem
The major reason for the creation of this project are students with slow assimilation, this interface would help with materials with which they can use to get better understanding after physical classes. It will also serve as an interface for shy students to ask their respective lecturers questions using the chat application. Also, students sometimes need a place to refer to for study materials to prepare for exams, tests, or can even be used to pass information to students in a particular class. While researching similar applications, some examples showed that the implementation allowed for only students to register. This way some questions asked by the students are still not answered because of poor or no interaction at all. Some questions are best answered than read, after implementation, this project would help solve this and provide the students with the necessary attention of their lecturers. Objectives

The objectives of this project which is to design and implement a web based distance application for increased learning is: * To basically solve students learning problems, in terms of comfort, efficiency and understanding * To bridge the gap between students and lecturers using a form of chat system * To enable students view educational resources such as notes, textbooks, past questions to increase their basic understanding of courses offered at different levels

In this case the audience would be the students, lecturers of the particular departments chosen. Also visitors can visit the homepage, have a short tour and read on the about us.

Methods of Information Gathering
One on one interview would be conducted with the people involved. Similar applications will be checked out, in order to pick up past mistakes, ways to correct this...
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