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ERIC Number: ED429795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Celebrating Distance Teaching Innovations: The Certificate in Distance Teaching.
Boylan, Colin; Tuovinen, Juhani
Charles Sturt University (Riverina, Australia) has initiated the Certificate in Distance Teaching course for rural teachers working in a distance education setting to extend their understandings about rural and distance education topics. Two semester-long subjects constitute the course: pedagogy of distance teaching and organization of distance teaching. The first subject's topics include types of distance education technologies and how they facilitate educational interaction, teaching and learning with distance technologies, preparing materials for distance teaching, specific examples of distance technology application, and emerging technologies that may be used in distance education. Materials include print, CD, video, and computer disk. The second subject consists of two print-based modules. Module 1 covers the systems thinking model of organization and an overview of policies in distance education in each state and territory. Module 2 covers management, technological, human resource, student welfare, and evaluative issues about teaching in a distance education setting. Evaluative information from course graduates found that the top two reasons participants chose the course were to improve distance teaching skills and to gain accreditation. The pedagogy subject was rated "very high" by 83 percent of participants, and the CD-ROM with examples of teachers' telematics lessons was rated the most useful resource. The organization subject was rated "very high" or "high" by all respondents. Suggested improvements are included. Contains 36 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia