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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.

Delivery Methods for Distance Education
Delivery methods for distance education

Although distance learning sometimes may seem to be a new development in education, it is not: Recall the often maligned correspondence courses of days past. What makes distance learning seem new is the development and wide availability of new technologies for connecting learner and instructor; the rapid pace at which these technologies have been adopted by educational, governmental, and commercial organizations; and widespread publicity. Used expertly, these new technologies facilitate the creation of educational experiences that are equivalent or superior to the analogous on-campus course, reach wider audiences, and better meet the needs of modern society. Used poorly, these new technologies simply result in high-technology correspondence courses.

This chapter examines the methods available for delivery of distance ...

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