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ERIC Number: ED417894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
A Horse of a Different Color: Distance Education; Making it Effective.
Jakupcak, Jo; Fishbaugh, Mary Susan
This paper discusses techniques and strategies to improve the effectiveness of distance education delivered via interactive video telecommunication. Advantages and disadvantages of three types of interactive video--telephone linkage, end-to-end fiber optic digital transmission, and satellite broadcasts--are briefly discussed. Prebroadcast activities include scheduling use of broadcast facilities, clarifying costs and set-up time, arranging technical assistance, announcing the broadcast, distributing information packets and worksheets, and materials preparation. Planning time for distance learning equals two classroom preps. Broadcast practices include establishing ground rules, demonstrating use of equipment, and acting naturally. Everything takes longer over distance education, so the instructor must slow down and be patient. Allow one-third to one-half of class time for participant interaction. Eighty per cent of a message is nonverbal, so facial expressions and body language should be positive. Three strategies that prompt group participation are "pair and share," an instant review worksheet, and a problems and solutions chart. For effective postbroadcast follow-up, mail promised materials as soon as possible, grade papers and comment on assignment before the next broadcast, respond to questions by mail or phone to let questioners know they were heard, and evaluate after each session and use participants' input for the next broadcast. Two successful distance education programs in rural Montana are described: a 2-year master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and professional training to implement inclusive education for special needs students. (TD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana
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