Another great elective for day HCDE students. Professor Kerr is a leader in the field of distance learning.
This course focuses on how courses and programs can be offered at a distance. We will look at several kinds of courses: those offered entirely via the Internet, those using some combination of Internet and face-to-face meetings, and those using other technologies (video, radio, correspondence, proprietary systems, etc.) While many of the examples to be considered are used extensively in higher education, such programs also have audiences in K-12 schooling, in business and industry, in the non-profit and public sectors, and in various international settings.
Students will work on projects of their own choosing, and will also make at least one presentation to the entire class on a topic to be mutually decided upon.
During the quarter, we’ll turn our attention to a variety of questions, including but not limited to the following:
1. Is distance learning (DL) equivalent to face-to-face instruction? If so, in what ways? If not, how does it differ? What do we know from research?
2. What factors predict student success in DL environments?
3. How should DL courses and programs be designed and developed? What factors make a difference?
4. How do faculty and other instructors work when offering courses by DL? What aspects of their work are different? How can the differences be addressed?
5. How can one best assess results of student learning in DL? Are there important differences from face-to-face instruction?
6. What are some interesting models of DL practice in the US at various levels? Elsewhere in the world?
7. Is DL cost-effective? When and under what circumstances?
8. What social, political, and legal issues need to be taken into account when offering DL courses and programs?
Student work for the course may address one of these questions in more detail (for a specific instruction or audience, for example), or may delve into other topics.