• 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.

Assessing Learning Outcomes
Assessing learning outcomes

A assessment serves valuable purposes for both instructors and students. It provides students with appropriate, focused, and timely feedback to promote learning, keeps them informed regarding the progress they are making, and helps determine the extent to which they have achieved the outcomes of the course as a whole. For instructors, assessment is a good vehicle for communicating their goals to students so that they can learn more effectively, a means of identifying student misunderstandings and difficulties to guide instruction, and a source of information needed to assign student grades. In addition, assessment can deepen instructors’ understanding of how students learn, thereby enhancing their competence to offer distance courses.

Distance education programs use a large variety of strategies to assist learners ...

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