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What delivery methods are available to make education accessible to a wide variety of potential learners? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How can instructors create effective learning environments in distance courses? What support from administrators and staff is essential? What guidelines are used by accrediting agencies to assure program quality? This highly readable book by three experienced faculty members answers these questions and more. Both theoretical and practical, the book presents proven principles and research-based advice. Drawing upon their experience with a variety of delivery modes, the authors provide readers with tips they can use in designing, implementing, and evaluating distance courses and programs.

Distance Education: What is it? And why is it Expanding so Rapidly?
Distance education: What is it? And why is it expanding so rapidly?

Distance education can be defined as any formal approach to instruction in which the majority of the instruction occurs while educator and learner are not in each other's physical presence. A wide range of instructional arrangements is encompassed by this definition. Indeed, distance education has existed for well more than a century, beginning with correspondence courses that were developed in the late 1800s. Lessons were mailed out, completed, returned to the instructor, graded, and then returned to the student along with the next lesson. Formal course credit (high school or college) could be completed in this manner, and eventually entire diplomas or ...

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