ERIC Number: ED509298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning. PEPNet Tipsheet
Keefe, Barbara, Comp.
Distance learning is the separation of teacher and student by time and space. Rapid advances in communications technology have allowed distance learning to become one of the fastest-growing trends in higher education. College courses are being delivered across a highway that is global in scope. Today, two thirds of the 4,000 accredited colleges and universities are offering some form of distance learning opportunities to students. By 2003, it is estimated that more than 90% of all higher education institutions will be in the distance learning business. This dramatic increase in distance learning provides an opportunity for students to participate in academic offerings not available in their area. For deaf students, this phenomenon is both a benefit and challenge. Issues of equity remain problematic in many of these new environments. Will deaf/hard-of-hearing students have the same opportunity to compete successfully in these courses as their hearing peers? How accessible will distance learning courses be to deaf students? What does it mean for a distance learning facility to be "accessible"? Do colleges or universities have a responsibility to ensure that the courses they offer at a distance meet the same standard of accessibility as the courses held on their campuses? This tipsheet explores distance learning technology and the deaf student. A list of websites about distance learning is also included.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Distance Education, Deafness, Web Sites, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Compliance (Legal), Assistive Technology, Special Education, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Educational Resources, Special Needs Students, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, College Students, College Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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