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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.

Good Practices in Distance Education: How to Promote Student Learning and Development
Good practices in distance education: How to promote student learning and development

Although we may use different strategies to promote learning in distance education courses, learning theories and principles that have been found successful in the traditional classroom remain constant regardless of the delivery mechanism. Good practices in undergraduate education outlined by Chickering and Gamson (1991) are, therefore, as applicable to distance learning as to the traditional classroom. The resources made available by technological advances offer particular promise for implementing good practices, for helping students develop effective communication skills, for facilitating collaboration among the students, and for engaging them in active learning. The instructors in distance education courses, however, need to use creative ...

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