A Synthesis of
Existing Theories-
Hilary Perraton
Mike Fiscus
EDUC 638
● Theories of communication and
diffusion
● Philosophies of education
What influences helped to form
this theory?
● There are 14 statements, which can be
categorized into three groups:
○ How distance teaching can improve learning
○ How ...
● It allows teachers to use new media.
● It maximizes the cost effectiveness and
efficiency of education
● It helps teache...
● Focus on organization of course
● Use face-to-face meetings with tutors
● Create opportunities for group discussion
How ...
● Use multiple media
● Plan with a systems approach
● Use feedback effectively
● Promote student engagement through
active...
● Synthesizing theories is what most
teachers do instinctively.
● Much of the theory focuses on how to use
principles of e...
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., &
Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and
learning
at a distance: Foundations of distanc...
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  1. 1. A Synthesis of Existing Theories- Hilary Perraton Mike Fiscus EDUC 638
  2. 2. ● Theories of communication and diffusion ● Philosophies of education What influences helped to form this theory?
  3. 3. ● There are 14 statements, which can be categorized into three groups: ○ How distance teaching can improve learning ○ How to improve dialog in a distance education class ○ Strategies for successful distance teaching What is the basic structure of the theory?
  4. 4. ● It allows teachers to use new media. ● It maximizes the cost effectiveness and efficiency of education ● It helps teachers reach new groups of learners. How can distance teaching improve education?
  5. 5. ● Focus on organization of course ● Use face-to-face meetings with tutors ● Create opportunities for group discussion How can a distance teacher foster dialog in class?
  6. 6. ● Use multiple media ● Plan with a systems approach ● Use feedback effectively ● Promote student engagement through active learning What makes a distance education class effective?
  7. 7. ● Synthesizing theories is what most teachers do instinctively. ● Much of the theory focuses on how to use principles of effective communication to create effective distance education ○ E.g. promote dialog, give feedback ● Planning a distance course requires attention to the whole system and and a flexible use of media. Implications for Instruction
  8. 8. Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education. 5th Ed. Pearson Publishing. Source
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