Aug 12, 1997
From: Lawrence Tagrin
You are equivocating on two meanings of the word 'based':
- 'base' = physical platform upon which something rests
- 'base' = logical foundations for a belief system
- Computer communications is based on a TCP-IP network
- Descartes's rationalism is based on his theory of mind
Thus, we have:
- Computer-based training, ie., training which is delivered using a computer platform
- Student-based learning, ie., a philosophy of learning in which the needs of the student form the foundation for subsequent pedagogical principles.
I don't think there's any need to change the terminology. Distance learning can be both student-based and computer-based, with no fear of contradiction.