ERIC Number: ED434243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Distance Learning: The Essential Guide.
Williams, Marcia L.; Paprock, Kenneth; Covington, Barbara
Intended for individuals engaged in open and distance learning activities, this guide is designed with an applications focus that provides a "quick start" for immediate work needs. Built on an intuitive set of "How do I" questions, the book presents the foundation needed to teach from a distance. The format is a multimodel approach, combining reading case studies, tear-out worksheets, and checklists. Templates intended for duplication are provided. Chapter 1 presents the history and growth of open and distance education, giving insight into the way evolving technologies have been transitioned into existing distance learning formats. Chapter 2 takes a global perspective to see how people around the world view the concepts and components that make up an open or distance learning environment. Chapter 3 offers an overview of technical, network, equipment, usage, and cost considerations to apply when an open or distance learning network is set up. Chapter 4 discusses resistance to change and offers practical, step-by-step ideas to help teachers and trainers through this transitional change process. Chapter 5 addresses designing instruction for learning: organizing time and instruction, becoming aware of one's presentation style and personal image, and developing participative teaching methods and techniques. Chapter 6 focuses on turning verbal information into visual communications: ideas on working with space, text and fonts, color, line, and graphics. The book contains 46 references, a glossary, and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adult Education, Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Independent Study, Instructional Design, Open Education, Postsecondary Education, Resistance to Change, Secondary Education, Telecommunications, Visual Aids
Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (clothbound: ISBN-0-7619-1441-2, $70; paperback: ISBN-0-7619-1442-0, $29.95). Tel: 805-499-0721.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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