ERIC Number: ED483328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Reference Count: 8
Confessions Of An Early Internet Educator. DETC Occasional Paper. Number 20
Goetz, Jack R.
Distance Education and Training Council
Recently published surveys conducted by the Sloan Consortium show widespread support among academic leaders for the notion that learning outcomes from online higher education degree programs are equal to or exceed those of residential programs, and that those learning outcomes are expected to continue to improve relative to their fixed facility counterparts. Anecdotally, Internet educators already believed this to be the case, even though the Internet is a relative newcomer to the world of higher education. The surveys, however, demonstrate that the incrementally increasing knowledge in the use and deployment of distance education technologies have made a difference in the student experience. Despite the fact that research in this area is ongoing, the major contributors to this improvement in student outcomes have already been largely identified and provide guidance to those who choose to deliver Internet education. Those major contributors include: (1) shift from institutions of instruction to institutions of learning; (2) building of the online community; (3) training of faculty teaching online; and (4) emphasis on orienting new students.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Experience, Distance Education, Educational Trends, Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Internet
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.