• 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.

Ensuring High Completion Rates
Ensuring high completion rates

The enrollment of a student—whether distance or traditional—in a program represents an investment of resources by the institution and by the student. This is true even before the student participates in the first session of the first course. The institution has already invested resources in recruiting, admitting, and advising that student. Likewise, the student has invested time and money in finding the program, securing necessary equipment and study materials, and paying tuition. Both parties, therefore, have an interest in the completion of the planned program of study. Students who drop out represent at least some wasted resources. Moreover, one important criterion used by students, parents, college guidebooks, accrediting bodies, legislatures, and others to evaluate and compare higher education ...

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