Distance Learning

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

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, 2009

Critical Mass
Fverett Rogers (2003) defined critical mass in his classic work, Diffusion of Innovations (5th ed.), as a crucial concept in understanding the nature of the diffusion process. Critical mass occurs at the point at which enough individuals have adopted...
Digital Storytelling: Using Photo Story 3 to Create Digital Stories
INTRODUCTIONtorytelling is the original form of teaching (Pedersen, 1995). It is a simple but powerful method to help students to make sense of the complex and unordered world of experience by crafting storylines (Bruner, 1990; Gils, 2005). Although...
Distance Education for Chronically Ill Children
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUNDFor most American children of school age, the fall season traditionally brings the excitement of the start of a new school year: new classes, new teachers, and experiences with friends old and new. For some children, however,...
Distance Learning Library Services: Keeping Up with the Times
INTRODUCTIONLibraries are vital components of academic institutions. DavisUnderwood and Lee (as cited in Cain & Lockee, 2002) indicate use of library services contributes to academic success and student retention. For students learning at a distance,...
Engaging Online High School Students with the Use of ClassLive Pro Powered by Elluminate
INTRODUCTIONIt is often suggested that distance education is too impersonal to keep the attention of high school students. Although Internet-based or online distance education has been more prevalent in post-secondary institutions, virtual high schools...
ePortfolio: Action Research Team Professional Development Plan
INTRODUCTIONThe director of technology integration at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has assigned Aries Cobb, the lead professional development (PD) facilitator for technology integration, to use the problem-based learning model to...
Establishing a Relationship between Virtual Instructor and Student in the Online Classroom
INTRODUCTIONSloan Consortium's annual review in 2007 reported that nearly one in every five students takes an online class, a 10% increase from 2006 (Russell, 2008). The rise in enrollment can be attributed to various factors from convenience to high...
Guidelines for Professional E-Mail Communications
Although an article by Lorenz (2007) in the online magazine, Slate, discussed the "death of email," e-mail communications are alive and strong, even if their use is waning among teens and others who favor texting, IMing, and other forms of digital commu-...
Increasing Need for Distance Learning in the Democratic Republic of Congo
INTRODUCTIONThe Democratic Republic of Congo, a country with 60 million people, has 450 institutes of higher education and universities; however, it only has 1500 university professors.The need for distance learning is constantly increasing for many...
Some Time to Play: Individual Technology Adoption Decisions and a Diffusion Strategy
INTRODUCTIONIt's 3 days before Winter break and you receive the package. No, if s not a present from a student or colleague, but from a vendor and your director; it is a tablet PC with a built-in Web cam. The note attached ... "Take this home, have fun!...
Using Curriculum Distance Learning Tools to Implement a Districtwide Business IT Project
INTRODUCTIONBroward's Innovative Tool for Education (BRITE) is the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Department's IT project designed to bring one business system to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). The 3-year initiative that replaces Broward's...
Using Online Office Applications: Collaboration Tools for Learning
IntroductionAt one time, completing a team assignment in the traditional college setting meant holding a meeting at the library or someone's dorm room. The assignment was usually sectioned off and assigned to each team member who would then take his...