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What is Distance Learning or Distance Education

Handbook of Research on Faculty Development for Digital Teaching and Learning
An Institution-based form of education where students are physically separated from professors, and interactive telecommunication systems connect learners and resources. These courses can include online or hybrid/blended formats.
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Promoting Digital Teaching and Learning: Faculty Development Options for Distance Learning Instructors
Nicole Luongo (Saint Peter's University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8476-6.ch004
This chapter explores various faculty development digital teaching and learning options that higher education institutions can offer distance learning instructors. The chapter explains specific methods of providing professional development opportunities for these educators. Some of these options are connected to promotion and tenure, acquisition of new technology, and personal satisfaction. Recently developed technological rewards such as digital badges and credentials are discussed in this chapter. The author explains how nationally recognized professional development programs can enhance professional development programs by offering new options to faculty. The author recommends that higher education institutions modify their current processes for offering professional development options for faculty who design and develop distance learning courses. The chapter suggests that faculty members need specific digital teaching and learning professional development training options when designing and teaching distance learning courses.
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