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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.

Selecting Delivery Methods
Selecting delivery methods

Let us now imagine that the educational institution has made the strategic decision to offer a program wholly or partly by distance learning. Once the specific courses to be offered by distance delivery have been identified, how should the delivery methods be selected? We have deliberately chosen the plural form methods in asking this question: It is unlikely that a single technology or delivery method can fulfill all the educational objectives successfully, and it certainly would be a mistake to assume so from the outset of program or course planning. Given the large variety of methods from which to choose, the momentary popularity of one method over another, the competition between educational and economic objectives, and the usual urgency to ...

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