ERIC Number: ED429595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-22
Validating Factors That Impact on the Success of Distance Learning Initiatives.
This paper reviews an earlier study examining the variables affecting the success of distance learning programs. In 1995, Dr. Ellen Wagner developed a list identifying the following 16 variables which need to be considered if a distance learning program is to be successful: needs assessment; audience analysis; instructional design; course selection; course reconfiguration; lesson planning; interactive instructional strategies; instructional delivery systems; adapting media and materials for distance delivery; developing effective graphics; using facilitators at distance education sites; learner and instructor support services; program evaluation and learner assessment; organized readiness; inter-institutional partnerships; and regulatory environment. Nine case studies and three non-case study journal articles that describe distance learning activities and/or success factors were reviewed to test the validity of these variables. Findings suggest that these variables are generally considered during course design or implementation. The suitability of the factors, however, is dependent on the nature of the organization into which the program is being delivered, and the selection of the delivery mode. Three tables present study results. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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