ERIC Number: ED238350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Serving Learners at a Distance: A Guide to Program Practices. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Research Report No. 5, 1983.
Feasley, Charles E.
The international literature on learning at a distance is reviewed with attention to student participation, faculty issues, the technology of delivery, necessary support systems, and the organization and process of distance education. Distance education is used in many content areas in economically diverse countries. Individuals who must learn at a distance have ongoing obligations (e.g., employment or caring for young children) or physical handicaps, or they live in geographically isolated areas. Distance faculty members are commonly called mentors or tutors, because they direct students to learning materials and personnel, provide emotional support, and evaluate students' progress. The more that distance learning expands students' heterogeneity, the greater the need for nontraditional recruitment, admissions, registration, and counseling. Despite a strong trend toward the use of multiple media, the major way of providing distance education remains printed materials. It is only when enrollment is high that the use of technology, especially broadcast media, in courses becomes cost effective in comparison to classroom-based students' achievements. Thirteen kinds of media that deliver instruction to distance learners are considered. An extensive bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Audiovisual Communications, College Faculty, College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Open Universities, Program Administration, Program Costs, Student Characteristics
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