'Mehrotra Chandra's latest text offers a valuable vein of sanity for an audience of 'administrators and faculty' involved in assessing and evaluating strategies for launching distance learning programs in their educational organisations' - Andrea Barrett, British Journal of Educational Technology
`Essentially this is a skill based, practical work rather than one based on theory or presenting original research. It will be useful for anyone who is considering whether or not distance learning might be of value to their institution, as well as those who are engaging in this type of provision for the first time. However, the accessible nature of this book, and the information contained within it will be a useful introductory resource for many staff in Education and Continuing Education' - Escalate
Message from authors
1. In a number of chapters, we have provided readers with Web sites which may be useful to them in obtaining additional information related to what we have covered. Since some of these Web sites may be discontinued and new ones developed, it will be beneficial to keep this information updated on a Web site to accompany the book.
2. The Web site will also be useful for providing readers with additional
information regarding the material covered in the book. For example, we may
bring to readers' attention other Web sites that offer concrete examples of
how some instructors have designed syllabi and/or assessment procedures for
their distance learning courses.
3. A related topic has to do with technology issues related to distance
learning. The Web site may suggest possible sources that would be useful to
readers in obtaining up-to-date information in this regard.
4. Readers will also appreciate learning about (a) centres of distance
learning in the United States and other countries; (b) discussion lists that would
allow them to interact with colleagues who share similar interest; and (c)
organizations involved in conducting and publishing research on various
aspects of distance learning.
In short, the Web site will be an effective and efficient way of keeping
readers informed regarding new developments related to the ever evolving
aspects of distance learning. It will be organized in terms of the topics
presented in the book and will include user-friendly commentary,
annotations, and examples.
In this book the authors lay out practical principles and advice to help individual teachers and administrators learn how to design, implement, and evaluate distance learning courses via a variety of formats. The book is a response to an explosion of interest in distance learning and increasing pressures to expand traditional on-campus courses into this realm, especially with the advent of the Internet. Such an effort requires rethinking course design, selecting appropriate modes of delivery, creating strategies to promote active learning, maintaining ongoing contact with students, and assessing learning outcomes. However, many faculty members and administrators have had limited experience designing such courses. This book shows them how.
· Research that informs recommendations and a wealth of examples and strategies based on field-tested models, student preferences, and the authors' own extensive experiences results in advice that readers can trust.
· Comprehensive coverage addresses available delivery options (and their respective strengths and shortcomings), factors to consider in selecting a delivery mode, designing a syllabus for a distance course, fostering student learning and development, providing student support services, and assessing student performance.
· Practical matters are stressed throughout, such as attracting students, ensuring high rates of completion, conducting program evaluation, and preparing a self-study for accreditation review.