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Chapter 4: The Syllabus for Distance Learning Courses
In this chapter, we confront several questions: What is a syllabus? Should the syllabus for a distance education course differ from one for a comparable on-campus class? If so, how? What do the seven principles for good practices in education (see Chapter 3) suggest about the construction of a syllabus? How and when should the syllabus be transmitted to the student?
Before beginning, we need to define several terms as they are used in the text. The study guide or course manual is a packet (often printed and bound) containing all the noncommercial materials that the instructor has assembled for the course. Typically, the guide contains supplementary items such as lecture notes, handouts, photocopied material ...