Distance learning, also called distance education, e-learning and online learning, is a form of education that utilizes the use of the Internet, a learning management system (LMS), and collaborative tools to facilitate student-instructor and student-student interactions without having to be physically present in the same location.
The primary purpose of distance learning at the University of Hawaiʻi's ten campuses is to extend the University's rich array of quality instructional resources to students anywhere in the state who are committed to higher education but are constrained by diverse factors which prevent their participation as regular on-campus students at the University of Hawaiʻi campus offering their program of choice.
This is consistent with the goals of the University of Hawaiʻi Strategic Plan. As part of the strategic planning process the University of Hawaiʻi Distance and Distributed Learning Action Plan (PDF) was drafted to lay out the specific actions UH should take to move forward. In addition, UH endeavors to apply the Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Degree Programs (PDF).