Distance Learning

Magazine targeting audience of distance learning trainers and instructors. Features practical ideas for field, as opposed to research.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 1, 2007

Adaptive Learning: A Dynamic Methodolgy for Effective Online Learning
OVERVIEWThe genesis of adaptive learning systems is from the artificial intelligence (AI) research. In the early 1980s there was significant development of systems to provide intelligent response to user interacting with the computers. The early AI research...
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An Overview of the U.S. Navy Sustaining Distance Training
The U.S. Navy has been conducting a major reorganization using plans and strategies collectively called Sea Power 21 (Clark, 2002) that are heavily dependant on a high-technology environment. Admiral Vern Clark recently completed his assignment as the...
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Betting on the Right Google Jockey
There's a new buzz phrase in classroom practice these days: "Google Jockey." Self-confessed coiner, Michael Naimark, who teaches at the Interactive Media Division of the USC School of Cinema/Television, asked for a student volunteer to search the Web...
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Blogging with Graduate Students
INTRODUCTIONBlogs are mainstream, with 39% of American adults reading blogs and 8% keeping a blog (Lenhart & Fox, 2006). An increasing number of educators use blogs with their students in different ways. Two semesters in a row, I used a blog with...
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Distance Education: Faculty Concerns and Sound Solutions
While higher education has largely been successful in America with relatively little change and innovation, the new millennium has brought with it a renewed sense of urgency regarding the need for higher education to remake itself. Accrediting bodies,...
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E-Mail Protocol and Online Learning
INTRODUCTIONAs distance learning, online learning, and hybrid courses become more prevalent, unexpected problems arise and solutions must be formulated. Many problems have been recognized and solved. Some are recognized, but no effective solutions have...
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Florida Virtual School: Growing and Managing a Virtual Giant
In central Florida, Kaila Julia wants to be a nuclear physicist. In order to follow her dreams she needs an advance placement (AP) calculus course. When she could not fit the course into her schedule, she opted to take it online through Florida Virtual...
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How to Create an Effective Interinstitutional, Transdisciplinary Online Faculty
Developing a supportive, energized faculty can be challenging at any time; creating an energized, productive faculty across universities requires a carefully thought-out plan. In this article, we report on the creation of new online faculty cobbled from...
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Interactivity in Distance Education
The recent proliferation of distance education among higher education institutions, as a valid educational alternative, has been tremendous. Distance education has grown significantly over the past few years, and this has in turn expanded the possibilities...
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Questions Students Ask about Distance Education
IntroductionAs society has entered the age of globalization, the way individuals communicate and conduct business has changed. As Renard (2005) stated, "No generation has ever had to wait so little time to get so much information" (p. 44). Technology...
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Research on Distance Education
The development of technologies in distance education continues to grow at accelerating rates. From discussion boards and instant messengers to iPods and PDAs, new technologies offer a number of new conveniences and options for students and instructors...
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The Voice of the Online Graduate Student: Solutions for a Better Experience
"We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we're in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There's no substitute for innovation, of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch,...
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Virtual-Is There a Better Word?
Virtual is defined as something quasi, or pseudo. Virtual is often a potential state that at some time might become "actual." And, just to add to the confusion, actual is generally considered the opposite of virtual. So, it must be that a virtual school...
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Who's Researching Virtual Schools: A Case for Instructional Technologists
Over the past 11 years, virtual schooling has gone from isolated experiments to a reliable alternative to a brick and mortar education. However, during this time, little research has been conducted into how these learning opportunities are and should...
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