Distance Learning Technologies

Distance Learning Technologies

France Belanger (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA) and Dianne H. Jordan (Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-63-6.ch003
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Abstract

There are many technologies that can be used to support distance education and training. Some are used as supplements to traditional classroom environments; others are used as complete replacements for traditional lecture-based courses. While each technology might be better suited for one type of environment than another, it is important to consider its relative advantages and disadvantages. For example, some of them provide almost no interaction or communication between the learner and the instructor, or between learners. Some technologies provide limited contextual information besides the lecture material, while others provide the interested learner with a wealth of additional information. Consistent with chapter two, we must also note that some technologies allow for more flexibility by providing asynchronous support for learning, allowing learners to work at their own pace, while others are limited to a synchronous learning environment that also provides more communication possibilities. This chapter presents an overview of the various technologies that are being used in distance and distributed learning.

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Dedication
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Chapter 1
Introduction  (pages 1-12)
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Since the dawn of human history when humans began living and working together, training and education have played a critical part in the evolution... Sample PDF
Introduction
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Chapter 2
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Chapter one introduced distance learning definitions and concepts as applied to education and training. An important consideration when choosing... Sample PDF
Learning Variables in Distance Learning
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Chapter 3
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There are many technologies that can be used to support distance education and training. Some are used as supplements to traditional classroom... Sample PDF
Distance Learning Technologies
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Chapter 4
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In chapter two, we discussed the different variables that impact suitability for DL. Chapter three provided the capabilities and limitations of... Sample PDF
Media Conversion Analysis and Instructional Design Considerations
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Chapter 5
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Instructional materials used in a traditional classroom setting can include text (books, handouts, articles), graphs, photos, films, and audio... Sample PDF
Multimedia Content Development
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Chapter 6
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The implementation phase of a DL or technology insertion initiative begins after 1) the results of the feasibility analysis indicate whether, and to... Sample PDF
Distance Learning Implementation and Evaluation
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Chapter 7
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This chapter presents three fictitious case studies of organizations facing decisions to convert one or several courses to distance learning. As you... Sample PDF
Examples of Distance Learning Evaluation and Implementation
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Appendix A: Data Input Forms
Appendix B: Definitions
Appendix C: Infrastructure Survey and Upgrade Requirements
Appendix D: On-Line Resources for Distance Learning
About the Authors