“Setting the Stage for Distance Learning”
Early Distance Learning in Colleges
Promoting Academic Integrity http://www.pierce.ctc.edu
Chuckey-Doak High School in Tennessee
created a video collaboration system and
partnerships that allows students in http://www.gradebook.org
Northeast Tennessee districts access to a
broader range of classes.
Before this partnership, the school was only able to offer Spanish for a
foreign language, but now students are offered French and will soon be
able to take Latin.
The school is also working on a “virtual fieldtrip” option, like linking
students studying the holocaust to a holocaust survivor.
Jean Smith, a teacher at
Chuckey-Doak, is taking
advantage of this new system
by making her lessons available
to students in other districts.
Smith says she is teaching an
ACT prep-class at her school
and to students in Hancock http://india.wnso.org
County High School, which is
more than an hour away from
There are also a number of students at Chuckey-Doak who
are taking courses for college credit through a local
Distance learning has greatly improved the chances for
education and success at Chuckey-Doak and can be a
powerful tool for many other school systems as well.
“Calling the video link system a „golden
This article was what prompted opportunity to expand Chuckey-Doak's
me to explore Distance curriculum,‟ Smith said new honors classes
Learning with this project. It is
short and simple, but offers a are also being discussed for the next
variety of solid reasons to use school year. „This opens up all sorts of
Distance Learning. avenues that we didn't previously have
access to because we lacked the funding
to hire new teachers to cover those
classes‟” (McCrea, 2009).
Use Distance Learning to Use Distance Learning to I took some virtual fieldtrips
increase the number of allow your students to earn in high school and they
foreign language classes. I college credit. Colleges are really expanded our
would have loved to have already offering online knowledge. I had forgotten
taken Japanese! courses, let‟s take about how effective they
advantage of them! were!
McCrea, B. (2009). Setting the stage for distance learning. THE Journal.
This article is a list of early research on the
effectiveness of distance learning when
compared to traditional college courses. http://www.nypress.com/
Much of the research indicates that telecourses are just as effective as
traditional courses, in terms of grades, while also allowing for easier
access. Telecourses were also found to impose more rigid organization
than is found in regular classes.
Another major component of the article are those sources that provide
data on the effectiveness of study on distance learning, like Eastern
Iowa Community College District„s 1990 program, Televised
Other items of interest include a study
on which students were getting on
board with early distance learning, that
It showed that, “a majority of
respondents to the telecourse survey
were female (73%), under age 30
(57%), white (82%), or employed full-
time (73%); (b) over half of telecourse
enrollees each semester were new to
the concept of telecourses, and over
http://magpie11.files.wordpress.com half were taking other courses at the
time” (Hirschberg, 1992).
A similar study reported that “70% of the students took telecourses
in preference to regular classes” (Hirschberg, 1992) and that
“students gave high ratings to the quality of the telecourses, with
90% indicating that telecourses were an effective way to learn and
that they would recommend telecourses to their friends”
“The introduction of telecommunications
into education has made it possible for
schools and colleges to reach students
who otherwise could not attend classes. This article provides a look at
The popularity and use of distance the overall response to early
distance learning. I thought it
learning is increasing both because of its was interesting that the
convenience and because the opinions of distance learning
effectiveness of this method of have changed little since 1992
and hope that means it will
instruction is becoming increasingly continue to expand.
obvious” (Hirschberg, 1992).
I wondered if grades would I would not have thought Telecourses were so
be similar in telecourses that the percentage of effective that 90% of
and traditional courses. It ispeople taking telecourses students would have
interesting that they are would have been recommended them. That
about the same. overwhelmingly female. I impresses me.
wonder why? Has that also
held through the years?
Hirshberg, D. (1992). Distance learning and telecourses in community colleges.
Catalyst, 22 (3). Retrieved from
This article asserts that students are
becoming more resourceful at cheating in
online courses and highlights methods that
have been enacted to slow the rise in
The authors claim that society has
become more lax about cheating in
academics, episodes are becoming
more frequent and that older policies are http://kangjk.files.wordpress.com
no longer effective.
To support this, the authors cite a study of several students at Troy
University. These students used a test bank to pass an exam, which
was against school policy, and felt that they had done nothing
wrong, even threatening legal action against the school in their
The article also claims that the
increase in incidents of
cheating has been perpetuated
by the increasing simplicity of
accessing and sharing data.
This transfer of information is
even easier in an online or
computer-based course. The
authors state that a new way of http://www.gambling911.com
dealing with cheating is
Many schools have found some level of success in
implementing an honesty policy. However, to make a greater
impact on dishonesty, this article asserts that a better solution
would include a community attitude, more specific standards,
increased accountability and high-tech deterrents.
As an example of high-tech solutions, this article offers the
remote proctor, which has been employed by Troy University.
The remote proctor monitors students activities during testing
via a camera/microphone and reports suspicious activity to
Although I had connected the “Perhaps the most disturbing of these
rise of technology with cheating
becoming easier, I had not assaults are shifts in society‟s attitudes
considered that society has toward academic integrity and
become more lax about corresponding views of what is acceptable
dishonesty. This article
and ethical behavior” (Kitahara and
presents compelling data to
make Distance Learning more Westfall, 2007).
honest and effective.
I thought the point that I like that strong honor The remote proctor is an
students should be tested codes work so well. I had amazing tool. The ability to
on what they know and not not thought that they would record students and
what they can find in a be a factor at all in whether prevent them from opening
resource was interesting. I or not a student body forbidden software is
agree, and am often decides to cheat. powerful.
discouraged by professors
Kitahara, R.T., Westfall, F. (2007). Promoting academic integrity in online
learning courses. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and
Distance learning is an incredibly
powerful and well liked tool. It gets
students into classes they would not
otherwise be able to be a part of and
into situations full of powerful teaching
This technique certainly has its
shortcomings. Students are more
able and likely to cheat when they
think no one is watching.
However, new methods are being
employed to control cheating that
http://trendsupdates.com have shown a lot of promise.
Overall, distance learning is something that should be
explored and utilized as much as possible by all teachers. It
helps students, and even with the increased opportunity for
them to take advantage, that is worth it.