ERIC Number: ED389285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Occasional Papers in Open and Distance Learning, Number 18.
Donnan, Peter, Ed.
Six papers examine innovations and trends in distance learning, frequently drawing upon empirical research or informal observations on distance learning students at Charles Sturt University (Australia). "On-Line Study Packages for Distance Education: Some Considerations of Conceptual Parameters" (Dirk M. R. Spennemann) discusses issues in the design and use of interactive teaching packages on the World Wide Web. "A Hypermedia Teaching/Learning Resource for 'Grape and Wine Production'" (Peter Donnan and others) focuses on a hypermedia program used to teach a class in grape and wine production; it reflects on the program's development and evaluates the utility and possible advantages of CD-ROM over print materials. The remaining papers are largely survey results. "Study Duration of Post-Graduate Distance Education Degrees Offered by Australian Universities" (Dirk M. R. Spennemann and Lesley H. Montfort) studies the duration of the average graduate degree program for Australian distance learning students, in light of emerging debate about the benefits of compressing coursework into shorter, high-intensity programs; "Student Evaluation of 'Concepts of Biology'" (Helen Wood) describes a student survey evaluating a biology course; "The Implementation of Modularisation in Teritary Institutions in Australia" (Sue Davies and Terry Harden) examines the extent to which Australian tertiary institutions have modularized course materials; and "Icons in Teaching Materials--Distraction or Salvation?" (Helen Wood) presents survey results in which students overwhelmingly endorsed the use of icons as visual cues in course materials. (BEW)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Courseware, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Instructional Design, Instructional Material Evaluation, Learning Modules, Masters Programs, Multimedia Instruction, Optical Data Disks, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Trend Analysis, Visual Aids
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
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Authoring Institution: Charles Sturt Univ.-Riverina. Wagga Wagga (Australia).