Elements of a Successful Distributed Learning Program

Elements of a Successful Distributed Learning Program

Lore Meyer-Peyton (Department of Defense Education Activity, USA)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-80-3.ch007
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Global connectivity has opened up a new dimension in education, namely, the concept of delivering education via technology to students who may never see their classmates or their instructor face to face. The typical school with its traditional classrooms does not exist in this new scenario, and many of the professionals responsible for developing distributed learning courses are new to the task. This chapter will guide the reader through the process of planning and implementing a distributed learning program. The model for this chapter is the distributed learning program provided by the Department of Defense Education Activity to schools serving the family members of U.S. military personnel at home and abroad. The DoDEA Electronic School (DES) offers sixteen courses to over six hundred students at 56 high schools in fourteen countries, spanning twelve time zones. The program has been in existence for over twelve years, evolving from a two-teacher program to a worldwide school headed by an administrative staff and employing 23 instructors and four technical support staff members. Courses currently available through the DES include seven advanced placement courses (Calculus AB and BC, Physics B, German, United States History, and Computer Science A and AB); five computer programming courses (Pascal I and II, Q-BASIC, Visual BASIC, and C++); economics; health; humanities; and science research seminar. In addition to offering student courses, the DES is in the process of adding an extensive staff development component. With teachers and staff based worldwide, the system can save a significant amount of travel money by providing staff development opportunities that are accessible at the local site. The DoDEA Electronic School grew up with technology. During those first years, students used an acoustic coupler and a telephone to call a central computer in the United States, where they accessed a text based conferencing program to communicate with their classmates and instructors. Today’s DES instructors develop their courses in Lotus Notes, and students can use either the Lotus Notes client or a Web browser. Domino servers at each school send and receive information via the Internet, resulting in efficient transfer of data. In today’s environment, rich with technology but short on hours in the day, there is no time afforded for the luxury of “evolving.” Professionals tasked with developing distributed learning programs for their organizations are given a staff, a budget and a mandate— and certainly a challenge. The goal of this chapter is to help those professionals meet the challenge by examining the key elements of a successful distributed learning program.

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Linda K. Lau
Chapter 1
Valerie N. Morphew
The precipitous rise in Web-based education and employee training speaks volumes of technology’s far-reaching potential. While most agree that... Sample PDF
Web-Based Learning and Instruction: A Constructivist Approach
Chapter 2
Rita M. Purcell-Robertson, Daniel F. Purcell Sr.
One of the major criticisms of distance education is the perception of inferior interaction between professor and students. Although the question of... Sample PDF
Interactive Distance Learning
Chapter 3
Dat-Dao Nguyen, Dennis S. Kira
Teaching is a communication process in which a body of knowledge is delivered from an instructor to students (Gagne, 1985). This communication... Sample PDF
Summative and Formative Evaluations of Internet-Based Teaching
Chapter 4
Zane L. Berge, Donna L. Smith
As businesses expand to become more globally competitive, their needs grow to train geographically dispersed employees in a cost- effective manner.... Sample PDF
Implementing Corporate Distance Training Using Change Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management
Chapter 5
William E. Rayburn, Arkalgud Ramaprasad
“University A” is a small, private liberal arts school with a religious affiliation. Located in a large city, it draws locally and from its... Sample PDF
Three Strategies for the Use of Distance Learning Technology
Chapter 6
William E. Rayburn, Arkalgud Ramaprasad
Consider the case of George Peabody College for Teachers and Vanderbilt University. The two private schools sat side by side in Nashville... Sample PDF
Distance Learning Alliances in Higher Education
Chapter 7
Lore Meyer-Peyton
Global connectivity has opened up a new dimension in education, namely, the concept of delivering education via technology to students who may never... Sample PDF
Elements of a Successful Distributed Learning Program
Chapter 8
Lynne Schrum
Today the global education community is faced with a unique problem. Learners in every location must acquire new skills, be literate, and understand... Sample PDF
Online Teaching and Learning: Essential Conditions for Success
Chapter 9
C. Mitchell Adrian
It is known that good classroom management techniques help promote a suitable learning environment, an environment in which students are interested... Sample PDF
Developing a Learning Environment: Appllying Technology and TQM to Distance Learning
Chapter 10
Todd L. Smith, Scot Ransbottom
Use of technology to support education is by no means a new concept. Educators have for centuries looked for tools to help stimulate the senses and... Sample PDF
Digital Video in Education
Chapter 11
Caroline Howard, Richard Discenza
Although distance learning is not a new phenomenon, recently there has been a huge jump in the number of organizations offering on-line instruction.... Sample PDF
The Emergence of Distance Learning in Higher Education: A Revised Group Decision Support System Typology with Empirical Results
Chapter 12
Eric C. Adams, Christopher Freeman
A primary determinant of the success of an online distance learning program is its ability to develop a sense of community among its online... Sample PDF
Commuting the "Distance" of Distance Learning: The Pepperdine Story
Chapter 13
Sherif Kamel
The Internet and the World Wide Web are demonstrating the growing influence of information and communication technologies in various aspects of the... Sample PDF
The Web as a Learning Environment for Kids: Case Study
Chapter 14
Jens O. Liegle, Peter N. Meso
Education is expensive and takes time. Instructors from both industry and educational institutions have employed one of two methods, besides... Sample PDF
Web-Based Instruction Systems
Chapter 15
Ira Yermish
Demands are being placed on educational institutions to provide course content in new and complex forms to address the needs of an ever more mobile... Sample PDF
A Case for Case Studies via Video-Conferencing
Chapter 16
Janet M. Hugli, David Wright
The Internet is radically changing the way we do business and in the ways we deliver information and training. Companies must use effective methods... Sample PDF
Web-Based Training for the Network Marketing Industry
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