ERIC Number: EJ890237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 21
Distance Education: Is It Art or Is It Science?
Education in Rural Australia, v18 n2 p75-85 2008
Distance education is becoming a more common method of curriculum delivery across grade levels in Australia, the United States and throughout the world. Especially in remote rural areas with sparse student populations, distance delivery of course work is often the only available means for students to learn and for teachers to teach. The days of taking courses by correspondence, when sending large bundles of paper back and forth through the mail was common, have given way to transmitting facsimiles or digital information between teachers and learners. Technological advances have allowed the mailbox to be replaced by telephones and computers. An old argument questions if teaching is an art or a science. Is distance education an art or is it a science? In an effort to address that same argument in terms of the specifics involved with distance delivered courses, these questions are probed: (1) How are different subjects taught via distance delivery?; (2) What special approaches are necessary to promote student learning?; (3) How does the online teacher know that the students are learning?; and (4) What methods of assessment and evaluation are available to teachers and students to address the accountability concerns of parents, school districts, state and national departments of education?
Descriptors: Distance Education, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies, Internet, Online Courses
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.spera.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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