What Is A Distance Educator?

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What Is A Distance Educator?

  1. 1. What is a distance educator? Master of Distance Education Graduate School of Management & Technology University of Maryland University College
  2. 2. What are the core roles of distance educators? Here is one Administrator Instructional possibility… designer •  staffing •  course development •  planning •  curriculum development •  operational control Teacher Consultant •  pedagogy IT specialist •  delivery •  advice •  media •  audit •  infrastructure
  3. 3. Core roles and distance educator jobs match?   Not necessarily…   Needs of the market are still blurred   Professionals come with diverse backgrounds   Professional development is not yet standardized   The professional is not yet fully known within many rising markets
  4. 4. Defining the Dist. Educator…   Wecan use core roles to define sample jobs   Combinations vary immensely   Eachcore role contributes with a subset of competencies, that together define a specific D.Educator job   Let’s see some examples…
  5. 5. The all-around jack-of-all-trades Consultant D.Educator Adm i nistr ator IT specialist
  6. 6. The Instructional Designer in IT DEducator Consultant Adm i nistr ator IT specialist
  7. 7. The Instructional Designer in the academic department DEducator Consultant Adm i nistr ator IT specialist
  8. 8. The Faculty Member DEducator Consultant Adm i nistr ator IT specialist
  9. 9. The D.E. Unit Manager IT specialist Adm i nist DEducatorrator Consultant
  10. 10. The IT Manager Consultant Adm i nistr ator DEducator IT specialist
  11. 11. The IT Support Specialist DEducator IT specialist Adm i nistr ator Consultant
  12. 12. What are the general knowledge areas for these groups of professionals?   IT / Network / HW & SW training   Management theory & practice   Student Support Services   Technology management   Distance Education Systems   Cost Analysis and Economics of D.E.   Course Development and Instructional Design   Multimedia / Web-based instruction   Faculty training and development   The Business of DE
  13. 13. Where can these professionals get their necessary training?   Short courses   State University of West Georgia   Many others…   Certificate programs   Wisconsin   UMUC   BOU   University of South Africa
  14. 14. Where can these professionals get their necessary training?   Masters degree programs   UMUC   Athabasca University (Canada)   California State University at Hayward   University of Phoenix   Capela University   Nova Southeastern   Walden   BOU (UK)   University of Southern Queensland (AUS)   George Washington University   Florida State University
  15. 15. Where can these professionals get their necessary training?   PhD programs   Athabasca   Nova Southeastern   Walden
  16. 16. Where can one get information about job availability for DEducators?   The Chronicle of Higher Education   E-learning Jobs   University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)   American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)   The e-Learning Guild   USDLA   Higher Ed Jobs   MDE Job Board
  17. 17. What is the “market” for distance education professionals?   Academic DE director / DE Director   DE coordinator   Instructional Designer   Online Faculty Trainer   Development Manager   Director of Training   Assistant Dean for DE
  18. 18. So… What will be the job of a DEducator in… 5 years? 10 years?
  19. 19. In 5 years: The generalist… Consultant D.Educator Adm i nistr ator IT specialist
  20. 20. In 10 years: The generalist… D.Educator Consultant Adm i nistr ator IT specialist
  21. 21. Thanks! Any questions?

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