ERIC Number: ED428292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Distance Education: When Distance Is an Issue. Technology Update.
Distance education occurs when distance and/or time prevents the learner and instructor from meeting face to face. Ways of providing distance learning opportunities include traditional materials by mail (print materials, audio and video support materials, audio and video lectures) and electronic materials (faxed information, telephone, electronic mail, audioconference, videoconference, interactive chat, instructional television, satellite transmission of instruction, web-based learning). Distance education is an alternative to conventional education for learners who do not have access to facilities that provide standard courses, dislike a school environment, or have restricted hours that prevent onsite participation. Distance education is not for everyone. It often involves more learner dedication and initiative than traditional courses, since students may feel isolated. Timely instructor feedback is essential. Other considerations for using distance education are as follows: good design, learner's needs, lack of normal cues provided in a regular classroom setting, and provision of time for instructors and students to become accustomed to their use. Few distance education options are available to family literacy providers. Two ways to begin to explore the area are using distance learning for ongoing professional development, parent education, and parent/child involvement. (Contains 21 resources, including print sources, websites, and listservs.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Mail, Higher Education, Internet, Listservs, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parenthood Education, Professional Development, Web Based Instruction
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.
Note: "This article was originally written for the Family Literacy Resource Notebook. Much of the information pertains to adult literacy practitioners and students as well."