Definition

ODL (Open and Distance Learning)

1) Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is a general term for the use of telecommunication to provide or enhance learning. Around the world, the academic community is discovering and exploring the Internet, teleconferencing, and related means to achieve an extended classroom or learning experience. Students in Russia are earning degrees from a university in Australia. Primary and secondary-grade students are exchanging e-mail across continents as a supplement to their formal studies. Students and teachers at all levels are taking part in teleconferences and forming associations that would have been unlikely five years ago. A number of world conferences have been held on ODL and many experimental projects are underway.

The United States Distance Learning Association has its own formal definition of "distance learning":

The acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction, encompassing all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance.

A few of the many educational organizations involved with ODL include:

2) Object Description Language (ODL) is a simple language for defining data structures that is used in the United States by the National Aeronautics and Space Adinistration (NASA).

Several somewhat similar languages have been created by other organizations for defining program or data objects. These include an Object Design Language and an Object Definition Language.

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Email Alerts

Register now to receive SearchSQLServer.com-related news, tips and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

More News and Tutorials

  • Database index design and optimization: Some guidelines

    What are the latest tips and tricks for database design and optimization? Check out this tip from Basit Farooq to learn more.

  • Download SQL Server Insider

    SQL Server Insider e-zine is a quarterly online publication focusing on Microsoft’s enterprise database, SQL Server. Join the editors of SearchSQLServer.com for an in-depth look into the database trends sweeping over Microsoft, including business intelligence, cloud computing and “big data.”

  • SQL Server's Data Quality Services makes cleanup a cinch

    SQL Server Data Quality Services is Microsoft’s newest data-cleansing tool. Expert Denny Cherry examines the upcoming SQL Server 2012 feature and delves into its components and processes.

Do you have something to add to this definition? Let us know.

Send your comments to techterms@whatis.com

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: