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  • 1. Best Practices and Organization for e-Learning G. Andrew Page University of Alaska Anchorage
  • 2. What do we know? What does the research say?
  • 3. Definition of Distance Education Institution-based formal education where the learning group is separated, and where interactive telecommunications systems/media are used to connect learners, resources and instructors .
  • 4. Teaching Face to Face Instruction Distance Delivered Instruction
  • 5. Student versus Teacher-Centered Approach
  • 6. Staggering Growth of DE
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  • 10. Best Practices?
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  • 12. Indicators of Quality: Mission
    • Positive
    • Explicit statement of purpose of distance education in the organization’s mission statement
    • Warning Signs
    • Two separate approaches- DE v. F2F
    • Two target populations
  • 13. Indicators of Quality: Curriculum
    • Positive
    • Faculty oversight
    • Faculty course design
    • Warning Signs
    • No ID Support
    • “ Cookie-cutter” course design
  • 14. Indicators of Quality: Faculty Support
    • Positive
    • Faculty development process
    • Instructional design support
    • Warning Signs
    • Direct conversion of F2F to DE
    • Two course evaluation systems
  • 15. Indicators of Quality: Students
    • Positive
    • Strong technology support – 24/7
    • Academic advisers for DE students
    • Warning Signs
    • Some services must be accessed F2F
    • Confusion about contact people
  • 16. Indicators of Quality: Sustainability
    • Positive
    • Systematic approach applied
    • Clear plans for future
    • Warning Signs
    • History of started and stopped programs
    • Administrators know, but others do not
  • 17. Indicators of Quality: Evaluation and Assessment
    • Positive
    • Evaluation results used for continuous improvement
    • Input from faculty and students
    • Warning Signs
    • Large number of drop-outs
    • Record of many complaints
  • 18. US DOE Technology Plan
    • Strengthen Leadership
    • Consider Innovative Budgeting
    • Improve Teacher Training
    • Support e-Learning and Virtual Schools
    • Encourage Broadband Access
    • Move Toward Digital Content
    • Integrate Data Systems
  • 19. Best Practices
    • Logical and Intuitive Organization
    • Multimedia Use to Present Content
    • High Quality Production Standards
    • Content-Rich Design
    • Meaningful, Quick and Meaningful Interaction
    • Self Pacing Apparent
    • Continuous Evaluation and Revision
    • What do students say?
    • Click here!
  • 20. Rules of Thumb
    • For a typical 3-credit course
    • 90 -130 hours of student involvement
    • 10 – 25 students/instructor
    • Clear organization ~ 45 topics, 15 modules, and 3 units
    • Build Communities >5 <10
    • Grade often and everything
    • <1 instructor posting to 4 student postings
  • 21. Equivalency Theory of Distance Education “ Learners, distant and local, should be provide equivalent learning experiences in order for them to achieve similar learning outcomes”
  • 22. Learning Experiences Anything that happens to or with a student that promotes learning, including what is observed, felt, heard, or done.
  • 23. Chunking of Information Pre-Chunking Post- Chunking
  • 24. Equivalency Units (vs. Carnegie Units) Modules (3-5/Unit) Topics (3-5/Module, each with a Learning Outcome)
  • 25. 3 x 5 x 5 Approach 3 Units/3Credit Course 5 Modules/Unit 5 Concepts/Module & 1 Objective/Concept
  • 26. 1 Semester Credit = 1 Unit = 5 Modules = 15 Concepts
  • 27. Best Practices: DE Courses
    • Design
    • 15 concepts/topics per credit
    • 40-50 hours of student time per credit
  • 28. Best Practices: Instruction
    • Content
    • Readings
    • Viewings
    • Listenings
    • Interaction
    • Chats
    • Discussions
    • Teamwork
    • Email
    • VOIP
    • Telephone
    • Live Presentations E-Live!
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