• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

The Syllabus for Distance Learning Courses
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 ...

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