Distance Learning

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

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 3, 2006

A Half-Hidden Asset
I've just come up with a big, brilliant idea to change the nature of education in America, but I'm going to need a lot of help. Students have moved from learning in school to daylong learning; they consume media anywhere, anytime, and now that is going...
Best Practices in Distance Education
INTRODUCTIONBest practice pedagogy is becoming more of an important issue as initial implementation technological problems and challenges are solved and online education becomes a more prevalent method of instruction. Whether it is professional development,...
Camelot, Calamity, and Some Common Cents about Distance Education
Once upon a time, in a far-off land, the King awoke one morning pondering the question "Do I really know what my Camelot subjects want from the Crown?" Later that day, at his Knights Roundtable, his First Knight echoed these sentiments and asked the...
Distance Education and the Well-Being of the Rural Poor: Case Study of the Kabongo Region in Democratic Republic of Congo
As a result of war and the economic situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the people of the country are suffering extreme poverty. The population of Kabongo depends on agricultural output and the generated income, primarily from the production...
It Costs How Much? Estimating the Costs to Design and Develop a Distance Delivered Course
Course design and development is a basic process traditionally accomplished by a teacher, professor, or trainer, often with the assistance of an instructional developer and sometimes with the use of production specialists such as graphic artists, videographers,...
Measuring Outcomes in K-12 Online Education Programs: The Need for Common Metrics
INTRODUCTIONOnline learning at the K-12 level is growing rapidly, as educators, parents, and students discover the benefits of learning unconstrained by time and place. States and school districts are offering full-time and supplemental programs to students...
One School's Experience in Implementing E-Portfolios: Lessons Learned
This article describes how a K-12 school in South Florida adopted a course management system with e-portfolio capabilities. E-portfolios are available tools, though more costly, in higher-end course management systems and are gaining recognition in the...
Online, Campus, or Blended Learning: What Do Consumers Prefer and Why?
With the explosive growth of online learning, including the recent entry of not-for-profit institutions, a difficult challenge emerges for educators: directing the growth productively by finding the right balance of online and classroom learning. Offering...
The Community College Leadership Perspectives of Quality E-Learning: A Case Study
Many institutions of higher education, educational organizations, the business community, and learners are embracing e-learning for a variety of reasons and needs. These parties refer to key factors such as flexibility, using mixed interactive multimedia,...
The Mid-Term Tune-Up: Getting Student Feedback before It Is Too Late
INTRODUCTIONI was extremely disappointed with this course. I don't feel I got all I could have/should have out of this class. I felt like I was going through the motions of being there.Have you ever read a comment like the one above on one of your course...
Twenty Guidelines for Successful Threaded Discussions: A Learning Environment Approach
As part of an introductory course for instructional technology students, instructors from a Western university included asynchronous computer-mediated communication tools in a face-to-face course in order to increase participation among the community...
Upon Reflection: A Case Study of a Simultaneous Hybrid Classroom
College courses often have to be offered the same term on both main and branch campuses to satisfy student requirements. For small programs, offering 2 identical courses on 2 campuses is expensive, whereas combining the enrollment numbers of both campuses...