ERIC Number: ED428807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Distance Education Practices at One Community College.
Abram, Suzanne L.
This paper examines distance education at one community college, providing data on the strengths and weaknesses of distance learning and the effectiveness of various delivery methods. Part 1 offers an account of one student's concerns about a distance education course focusing on logic and computers. The student was enrolled in an electronics program leading to an associate's degree at the time he registered for his first distance education class. Part 2 analyzes this student's distance education experience, highlighting specific problems: (1) lack of feedback from the teacher, with the student not necessarily understanding or properly benefiting from the instructor's e-mailed explanation; (2) difficulty structuring time, completing homework assignments with the regularity necessary to turn in an average of two assignments every week; and (3) excessive workload of homework assignments. The study asserts that individuals who construct distance education courses need to consider how to best use the medium's advantages. A good syllabus for a face-to-face class does not automatically translate into a good syllabus for a distance education class. Without adequate guidance or effective delivery of material, students must teach themselves the subject without knowing if they are on the right track. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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