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ERIC Number: ED436217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
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Distance Learning: A Window of Opportunity for Higher Education.
Mills, LaVelle; Suter, Dwayne
Although institutions of higher education have traditionally offered courses to students at times and places convenient for faculty and the institution, new communications technologies allow for the provision of distance courses that are also convenient for students. Distance education is characterized by three factors: communication between educators and students is influenced by geographical distance, communication is two-way and interactive, and technology is used to facilitate learning. Recent trends in higher education, including increasing numbers of non-traditional students and shrinking resources, make distance education an opportunity for educational institutions to improve learning. Although studies have generally shown no significant differences between traditional classroom-based learning and distance education, distance learning brings the opportunity to implement new instructional designs that are more participant-centered and that improve learning. In fact, these changes are currently underway, as more faculty are being given access to technology, and the training to use that technology. Finally, as institutions of higher education respond to the need for new instructional design formats to accommodate non-traditional students, several factors unique to older, employed students should be kept in mind, including the fact that individuals' work shifts can change from week to week, emergencies can occur at jobs at any time, not all people will need to study entire courses, and presentations should be kept short to avoid interrupting the work day. Contains 12 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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