Distance Learning

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

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 2, 2008

Broward Community College's E-Learning Strategic Plan
A good plan is like a road map; it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.- H. Stanley JuddINTRODUCTIONEstablishing an organization's direction will help in selecting the right road and assist the organization in increasing...
Computerized Physician Order Entry: Telemedicine for Patient Safety in Long-Term Care
On July 20, 2006, the Institute of Medicine at the National Acad- emy of Sciences published a report (Aspden, Wolcott, Bootman, & Cronenwett, 2006) recommending that by 2010 every health-care organization be equipped to receive prescriptions electron-...
Cyber Home Learning in Korea
INTRODUCTIONOver the past decade, online learning has grown into a significant component of educational pedagogy worldwide. Online learning has been promoted as being more cost-effective, convenient, and increasing opportunities for lifelong learning...
Designing Effective E-Learning: Guidelines for Practitioners
INTRODUCTIONWhen discussing e-learning, there are a myriad of viewpoints about what it is or is not, depending on who you ask. According to Hall (2000), e-learning is the acquisition of knowledge and skills at a distance through a variety of technological...
Distance Education Initiatives at Pearson
WHAT IS PEARSONAs the global leader in educational publishing, Pearson is a large, multinational company with more than 29,000 employees based in 60 countries. Pearson's business is comprised of three main units: Penguin Books, the Financial Times, and...
In Search of Autonomy: Multimedia's Influence
INTRODUCTIONIn today's changing technological climate, instructional technology and distance education (ITDE) managers must be prepared for autonomous learners and their needs. Because of their attitudes and behaviors, autonomous learners require a different...
International Distance Education Trends and Issues: Open and Distance Learning Teacher Education in Uganda
INTRODUCTIONThe world is evolving into a global village as a result of the rapid development of information and communication technology (Adam, Awerbuch, Slonim, Wegner, & Yeshea, 1997). Economics play a major role in the move toward a global economy....
Leadership Attributes Bringing Distance Learning Programs to Scale
As our nation demands system- wide improvement in education, distance learning leaders of sec- ondary and postsecondary schools are being challenged to offer reforms and to implement them more widely, deeply, and rapidly than ever before. Is there a...
Perspectives on E-Learning: Case Studies from Cyprus
INTRODUCTIONDuring the past decade there has been tremendous progress in the advancement of educational technology, making innovative learning solutions such as e-learning and online education increasingly more feasible in many educational settings....
Putting High-Quality, Affordable Videoconferencing into Education
A new generation of high quality, low-cost, and fully interactive video communications is prompting a second look at videoconferencing as a way to bring geographically dispersed educators and students together for effective learning in classroom settings...
Strategies for Participating in Online Conferences and Discussions
Recently, I was asked by one of my students in an online course for tips for managing the volume of posts to read and respond to during the course of a week's discussion (also known as an online "conference"). My first course of action was to search...
The University of South Carolina Distance Education Program: Southern Tradition Updated for the Twenty-First Century
INTRODUCTIONThe University of South Carolina is the oldest institution for higher learning in the state. It was first chartered in 1801 as the South Carolina College and was a highly respected institution. The university was recharter ed in 1906 as the...
Web-Based English as a Second Language Instruction and Learning: Strengths and Limitations
INTRODUCTIONThe increasing use of personal computing and the Internet makes available a new set of instructional possibilities. Web-based language instruction offers various innovative alternatives to conventional modes of language learning. Second language...
What Every Distance Educator Should Be Alerted to about PQDT (Digital Dissertations?)
I know what you are thinking after reading the title: can reading dissertations really be a credible best practice and a great professional development opportunity for a busy distance educator? (PQDT comes later.) Should I read on? The last thing I want...
Will You Be My Friend?
We all know what it means to be a friend. We learn early in life that, as Emerson said, "the only way to have a friend is to be one." A friend is a person admired, respected, whose company is enjoyed.The idea of friends has recently changed, however,...