ERIC Number: ED447850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-21
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning Task Force Report.
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
The report provides an overview of distance education, as developed by a task force for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. The report presents the history of distance learning and views supporting it, and identifies students who can benefit from distance education. It discusses mediums for distance learning, such as print, audio teleconferencing, radio, audiocassettes, audiographic teleconferencing, video, videoconferencing, videocassettes, computers, on-line options, multimedia and interactive options, and CU-SeeMe. The report states that the role of the teacher in distance learning is to cultivate the students' ability to learn while students set their own goals. Students themselves must be strongly motivated and self-disciplined. A real barrier to distance learning is a financial one as the need grows for equipment, training, and incentives. It concludes that assessment should provide a clear vision concerning the performance of distance learning students as institutions "get on the band wagon" of distance education. The report includes an outline of who distance education learners are, how a distance learning course is the same as or different from a classroom course, distance learning student needs, difficulties faced by distance education students and teachers, possible characteristics of the successful distance education teacher and student, additional thoughts on distance education, and the next steps. (Contains 21 references.) (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.