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ERIC Number: ED351008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Teaching at a Distance. ERIC Digest.
Willis, Barry
Effective teaching at a distance is more the result of preparation than innovation. The distance educator can employ a number of strategies focusing on planning, student understanding, interaction, and teaching to ensure a successfully delivered course. This digest discusses six topics in teaching at a distance: (1) What's Different about Distance Teaching?--lack of visual cues, use of technological devices, lack of spontaneous class discussion; (2) Why Teach at a Distance?--opportunities to reach a wider audience, meet the needs of learners, involve outside speakers; (3) Improving Planning and Organization--the core content remains basically unchanged, although its presentation requires new strategies and additional preparation time; (4) Meeting Student Needs--adapt the delivery system to best motivate and meet the needs of the students so that they can quickly become comfortable with the nature of teaching and learning at a distance; (5) Improving Interaction and Feedback--using effective interaction and feedback strategies will enable the instructor to identify and meet individual student needs while providing a forum for suggesting course improvements; and (6) Use Effective Distance Teaching Skills--this requires enhancing existing skills rather than developing new ones. (Contains 7 references.) (ALF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: Digest based in part on "Distance Education: A Practical Guide" (Barry Willis, 1993).