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Distance Learning

Distance Learning. Elaine Adams, Ed.D Southwest Tennessee Community College April 23, 2003. Distance Learning. Educational system consisting of the methodologies and technologies that support learning when the learner and learning resources are separated by time and space. Promote Integrity.

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Distance Learning

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  1. Distance Learning Elaine Adams, Ed.D Southwest Tennessee Community College April 23, 2003

  2. Distance Learning • Educational system consisting of the methodologies and technologies that support learning when the learner and learning resources are separated by time and space

  3. Promote Integrity • Students • Instructors • Design • Environment

  4. Student Characteristics • Be prepared • Be self-disciplined • Be self-motivated • Be open-minded • Be willing to commit time

  5. . . . and • View online as more convenient not easier • Accept critical thinking as part of the learning process • Feel that high quality learning can take place online

  6. . . . And more • Communicate through writing • Possess computer skills

  7. Testimonials • “I feel that communication during this course has been very good even though I can’t see you. ” • “I think that is great when we have to think on what we got out of the story.” • “I think this class has taught me self-discipline. I have had to set aside certain times for this class. ” • “I also enjoyed the discussion postings and being able to communicate with the other students.” • It was a real joy to tailor my participation in the online class around the times of day I am most awake and if need be, not participate at all, if I was tired.”

  8. Facilitators of Online Learning • Process not content • Personality & style of instructor • Be open-minded, concerned, flexible, sincere • Active in real-world applications of subject matter

  9. Be willing to commit time Communicate through writing Accept critical thinking as part of the learning process Possess computer skills . . . and

  10. Design • Know your audience • Time constraints • Adjust to the experience • Active Engagementsynchronousasynchronous • Application • Clear goals and intellectual challenge • Appropriate assessment and feedback

  11. E-Environment

  12. Student reaction • I think this course has strength because of the leadership that is has. The pattern was set by the instructor and the students followed her lead. From the very beginning we all felt comfortable with each other. We were able to discuss current events and have differing points of view. This is a strength because online learning is very new and in the new arena of learning an environment has to be established of comfort and welcoming. . .and it was. Strength in comfort.

  13. Student Satisfaction RODP

  14. Pass Rate STCC • Online 58.63% • Traditional 57.9%

  15. Grade Comparison STCC • 394 Online Students • 392 Traditional Students

  16. Future of Online LearningData compiled by Ken Looney, TSU

  17. Strengths Anywhere Anytime, any place, any pace Syngery Reflective writing & dialogue Student-centered Level playing field Access to Resources Creative Teaching Weaknesses Equity & accessibility to technology Computer literacy Limitations of technology Student’s inability to learn online Instructor’s inability to teach online Lack of administrative support Pros & Cons

  18. Education is Education The education of a man is never completed until he dies. -Robert E. Lee

  19. Resources • Best Educational E-Practiceshttp://www.spjc.cc.fl.us/eagle/BEEP/BEEP4.htm • http://www.aahe.org/technology/ehrmann.htm • http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/7princip.htm • http://www.winona.msus.edu/president/seven.htm • http://www.cord.edu/faculty/wohlfeil/seven_principles_links.htm#Contact • http://www.atl.ualberta.ca/dleweb/Pages/Development/DEV_SevenPrinciples.htm • http://horizon.unc.edu/TS/default.asp?show=article&id=839 • http://www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us/Academic%20Senate%20Web/Publications/Papers/tech_mediated_instruction.htmlhttp://www.microsoft.com/education/download/techcenter/onlinelearning/wpaper_7good.doc • Links to articles about teaching on the webhttp://www.lmu.ac.uk/lss/staffsup/desmeth.htm

  20. Resources Virtual Site for Teaching and Technology.  http://www.umuc.edu/virtualteaching/module1/strategies.html • Best Practices for Teaching Online.  http://courseinfo.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/teachonline.html • Instructional Strategies for Online Courses. http://illinois.online.uillinois.edu/IONresources/instructionaldesign/instructionalstrategies.html

  21. Additional Resources • Online Guidelineshttp://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/home.rxml • Online Resources of Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System http://www.ihets.org/consortium/ipse/fdhandbook/inst_dd.htm

  22. Design Resources • Sites for Web and Course Designhttp://www.atl.ualberta.ca/articles/idesign/activel.cfm#webdesign • Design Methodology for Web based courseshttp://www.lmu.ac.uk/lss/staffsup/desmeth.htm • Quilt  University (good ideas about patterns) Tips for Teaching Online • Distance Education Course Designhttp://tangle.seas.gwu.edu/~sbraxton • InstructionalDesign http://www.uwex.edu/disted/design.htm • Instructional Designhttp://www.ilo.uva.nl/Ontwikkeling/imictll/id1a.htm

  23. Writing Resources • Online Technical Writing: Instructionshttp://www.io.com/~hcexres/tcm1603/acchtml/instrux.html • Writing Instructions and Procedures http://core.ecu.edu/itec/reavesr/itec3290/Instructions&Procedures/WritingInstructionsProcedures.htm • Tips on Writing Instructionshttp://duke.tnstate.edu/jordan/goodinstructions.htm

  24. Assessing Interaction • Interaction can be assessed along several dimensions:  use of technology, types of activities involved and the extent to which they occur:  (Summarized from M. D. Roblyer and Leticia Ekhaml "How Interactive are Your Distance Courses? A Rubric for Assessing Interaction in Distance Learning"  http://www.westga.edu/~distance/roblyer32.html)

  25. More about Interaction • Online Interaction: Synchronous and Asynchronous Interaction.  http://www.newcastle.edu.au/services/iesd/learndevelop/resources/online/synchro.htm • Tips and Guidlelines:http://www.emoderators.com/moderators/flcc.html • Facilitating Online Learning. http://www.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/olfac.html • Group Dynamics for the Online Professor. http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/aw99/papers/king/paper.html

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