ERIC Number: ED343576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Distance Education Teaching Tips at a Glance.
Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
The teaching and technology associated with the distance delivery of education are relatively new and rapidly changing. Effective teaching and learning methods are still being developed. The following suggestions are based primarily on patterns and experiences in instructional telecommunication within the University of Alaska System: (1) students need encouragement to participate actively and to stay focused on the course content; (2) teachers need to recognize the change in their role from instructor to facilitator, to adapt instruction as necessary, and to develop skills to facilitate students' learning; (3) course content may remain the same as is presented in traditional classrooms, but careful planning is required to organize the course so it can be delivered at a distance; (4) teaching methods must be flexible enough to accommodate the curriculum, the students, and the technology; and (5) students are often better able to achieve their educational goals when they participate in the process through giving feedback on course strengths and weaknesses. Attention should also be paid to the technological aspects of distance education to ensure the proper use of the equipment. This brief guide outlines the roles of the student, the instructor, and the facilitator; provides guidelines for planning and organizing the course; presents suggestions for successful teaching strategies; and provides guidelines for obtaining feedback. Technical tips are also included. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
Note: For related documents, see IR 015 466-470.