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ERIC Number: ED324490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-877847-08-9
Managing Distance Education Courses. The Guide Series in Continuing Education.
Houdek, Elizabeth
This guide for managers of distance education programs consists of five chapters, each with its own appendix. Chapter 1 considers characteristics of good distance educators, possible sources of instructors, and limitations in recruiting instructors. The appendix to this chapter outlines the recruiting process followed at a particular academic institution. Chapter 2 discusses how program staff can get instructors started on the right track, kinds of helpful information that can be provided about the program and about distance education in general, and contract creation. The appendix contains examples of program information, suggestions for reading, and sample course development contract. Chapter 3 addresses the course development process, including the role of course development staff, use of course author manuals, and working with media specialists, review personnel, and credentialing agencies. The appendix contains a list of course authors' manuals, sample diagram for the course development process, two samples of course formats, and a course evaluation form. Chapter 4 focuses on fostering good teaching at a distance through expressing clear expectations and solving instructor problems such as course overload, slow turnaround of assignments, and difficulty in creating/maintaining dialogue with students. The appendix contains sample information provided to teachers and suggestions for establishing a good instructor-student dialogue. Chapter 5 discusses using course evaluations and student feedback in the course revision process, dealing with problem instructors, and rewarding innovation and excellence. Sample course evaluation forms are appended. (YLB)
Office of Continuing Education and Public Services, University Inn, 302 East John Street, Suite 202, Champaign, IL 61820 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Office of Continuing Education and Public Services.