What is Distance Learning? 4 A convenient way to pursue educational goals for those needing a flexible time/schedule and independent learning locations. 4 If you cannot attend traditional on- campus classes, then distance learning may be right for you.
Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Undergraduate 69%; Graduate 6.6%; First Professional* 4.1%; Other 4.0% *Instructional programs that prepare individuals to practice as licensed professionals and assistants in the health care professions and focus on the study of related clinical sciences.
Arming Soldiers with Laptops The army’s commitment to distance learning is expected to expand the market for online content and courses, creating incentives for development.
1703 Quotes: Teacher’s Conference 4 Students can no longer prepare bark to calculate problems. 4 They depend instead on expensive slates. 4 What will they do when the slate is dropped and breaks?
Principal’s Association Meeting, 1815 4 Students depend on paper too much. 4 They no longer know how to write on a slate without getting dust all over themselves. 4 What will happen when they run out of paper?
1907 National Association of Teachers 4 Students depend too much upon ink. 4 They no longer know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil.
1928 Rural American Teacher 4 Students depend too much on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. 4 What will happen when they run out?
Examples 4 Magellan University 4 College Connection 4 Education Network of Maine 4 Colorado Electronic Community College 4 Coastline Community College 4 University College of Maryland 4 California Virtual University 4 Western Governors University
Technological Tools 4 The Internet/e-mail 4 WWW 4 Productivity tools (e.g., Microsoft Office) 4 Videodisks 4 CD ROM 4 Video-conferencing
Uses of Technology in Distance Learning 4 Allows professors to customize instruction 4 Overcomes constraints of time and place 4 Meets needs of rural students 4 Allows institutions to collaborate 4 Links colleges to K-12 systems 4 Builds partnerships with business 4 Offers professional and update education
“…with good learning materials, effective networks, and proper support, students can learn better at home than in class.” Sir John Daniel, 1997
Which Approach? 4 Individual learning primarily via asynchronous communication 4 Group teaching via synchronous communication