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Distance Education
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In order to help teachers, administrators, facilitators, and students understand distance education, Barry Willis, the Associate Dean for Outreach and the Engineering Outreach staff present the following series of guides highlighting information detailed in Dr. Willis' books, Distance Education - Strategies and Tools and Distance Education - A Practical Guide. Further use of the guides as well as links to them may be approved by Engineering Outreach Administration.

Distance Education at a Glance Index
Guide #1 Distance Education: An Overview
Effectiveness of distance education; delivery options; best technology; key players in distance education.
Guide #2 Strategies for Teaching at a Distance What is different about teaching at a distance; reasons for teaching at a distance; ways to improve planning & organization; ways to meet student needs; guidelines on teaching skills; methods for improving interaction & feedback.

Guide #3 Instructional Development for DE

Need for instructional development & the key phases of the process including design,development, evaluation, and revision.
Guide #4 Evaluation for Distance Educators The need to evaluate; types of evaluation; methods; what to evaluate; evaluation tips.
Guide #5 Instructional Television Reasons for choosing instructional television (ITV); advantages & limitations of ITV; intructional design guidelines for ITV; tips for conducting ITV lessons.
Guide #6 Instructional Audio Reasons for choosing instructional audio; advantages & limitations of audioconferencing; intructional design guidelines for audioconferencing; tips for conducting lessons; ways to reduce interpersonal distance; suggestions for nurturing interaction, increasing feedback, and enhancing learning and message transfer.
Guide #7 Computers in Distance Education Discusses use of computers in distance education; advantages of computers for distance education; limitations of computers for distance education; the internet and distance education; instructional possibilities of the Internet; and teaching considerations for incorporating internet use into a distance delivered course.
Guide #8 Print in Distance Education Discusses reasons for using print materials; advantages of print; limitations of print; formats of print materials; and tips for designing instruction for print.
Guide #9 Strategies for Learning at a Distance Profiles the distant student, discusses distant student's development as learners; and describes ways to improve distant learning.
Guide #10 Distance Education: Research Describes common research questions, distance vs. traditional education, why distance students are successful, why distance instruction is successful, the importance of interaction, and cost vs. benefits.
Guide #11 Interactive Videoconferencing in Distance Education Describes interactive videoconferencing; summarizes technology; provides advantages and disadvantages of the technology; profiles types of videoconferencing systems; discusses designing instruction for interactive video; describes instructional strategies; and provides information on training instructors and students in the use of the equipment.
Guide #12 Distance Education and the WWW Describes the WWW; why the WWW should be used for distance learning; provides suggestions for developing a home for distant students.
Guide #13 Copyright and Distance Education Discusses copyright issues related to distance education.
Guide #14 Glossary of Distance Education Terminology Glossary of some terms used in distance education.
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