ERIC Number: ED464699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pitfalls and Success of Distance Learning.
Rendon, Marie Egbert
This report discusses the pitfalls and success of distance learning programs. The report covers instructional alternatives of telecourse, linked courses, computer-aided learning, correspondence courses, and audio/video instruction. Sixteen concerns for distance learning programs are identified; for example: (1) registration procedures for distance learning courses; (2) student isolation; (3) student procrastination; (4) students may not have necessary educational resources in or near their home; (5) mailed in work may get lost or delayed; (6) audio/video equipment problems; and (7) providing students effective and timely feedback. Distance learning instructors have to make sure that students have the right materials for the course, which is hard because students are not seen. Distance learning courses also have to secure computer lab hours on campus for students without necessary equipment at home. E-mails and phone calls are viewed solely as options to improve communication between students and teachers. Overall, distance learning programs provide a viable alternative to in-class instruction and skill development. They can help educate students with different learning styles; however, these programs also require extra work and time on the part of the instructor. (MKF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Conference (Austin, TX, May 27-30, 2001).