ERIC Number: ED472650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Trends in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.
This paper discusses trends in instructional technology and distance education (ITDE). The most notable trends are the lack of funding and resources for technology training, the lack of administrative support for ITDE issues, and faculty who are reluctant to adopt technology and distance learning. This paper identifies seven emerging trends as well: First, financial aid regulations will become more favorable for distance learning institutions. Currently, college programs that do not work under semester, trimester, or quarter systems must deliver at least 12 hours of class work per week in order to qualify for federal student aid programs. Known as the 12-hour rule, the regulation has been criticized by online-education groups. The Education Department has proposed changing this regulation, allowing students to interact with their professors online in lieu of time on campus. Second, creating classroom communities through interactive communication will become a key component to successful online learning. Third, orientation courses or materials will be widely used prior to students participating in online learning. Fourth, mentors will assist faculty in online learning programs and courses. Fifth, mentors will assist students in online learning courses and programs. Sixth, course tools such as WebCT and Blackboard will drive themselves out of business, and seventh, work with instructional technology will count toward tenure and promotion. (Contains 20 references). (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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