A Survey of Distance Education Challenges and Technologies

A Survey of Distance Education Challenges and Technologies

Timothy K. Shih (Tamkang University, Taiwan), Giani D. Antoni (Institute for Educational Technology, Italy), Timothy Arndt (Cleveland State University, USA), Asirvatham Asirvatham (Multimedia University, Malaysia), Ching-Tao Chang (National Unlin University of Sci. and Tech., Taiwan), Yam S. Chee (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Chyi-Ren Dow (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), Jason C. Hung (Kuang Wu Institute of Technology, Taiwan), Qun Jin (University of Aizu, Japan), Insung Jung (Ewha Women’s University, Korea), Hong V. Leong (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Sheng-Tun Li (National Kaohsiung 1st University of Sci. and Tech., Taiwan), Fuhua Lin (Athabasca University, Canada), Jonathan Liu (University of Florida, USA), Nicoletta Sala (University of Italian Switzerland, Switzerland) and Ying-Hong Wang (Tamkand University, Taiwan)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2003010101
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Distance education, e-learning, and virtual university are similar terms for a trend of modern education. It is an integration of information technologies, computer hardware systems, and communication tools, to support educational professionals in remote teaching. This paper presents an overview of distance education from the perspective of policy, people, and technology. A number of questions frequently asked in distance learning panel discussions are presented, with the suggested answers from the authors. The survey presented in this paper includes communication, intelligent, and educational technologies of distance education. Readers of this paper are academic researchers and engineers who are interested in new research issues of distance education, as well as educators and general participants who are seeking new solutions.

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