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  1. 1. KEYAUNA MADDOX Distance Education Technologies
  2. 2. What is Distance Education? Distance Education is a mode of delivering education and instruction, often on an individual basis, to students who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a classroom.
  3. 3. What does Distance Education provides? Distance education provides "access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both."
  4. 4. What does Distance Education requires? Distance education courses that require a physical on- site presence for any reason (including taking examinations) have been referred to as hybrid or blended courses of study.
  5. 5. Distance Education Technologies Two Modes of Delivery Synchronous Learning Asynchronous Learning
  6. 6. Synchronous Learning All participants are "present" at the same time; it resembles traditional classroom teaching methods despite the participants being located remotely and it requires a timetable to be organized.  Web Conferencing  Videoconferencing  Educational Television  Instructional Television  Direct-broadcast Satellite (DBS)  Internet Radio  Live Streaming  Telephone  Web-based VoIP
  7. 7. Asynchronous Learning Participants access course materials flexibly on their own schedules. Students are not required to be together at the same time.  Mail Correspondence  Message Board Forums  E-mail  Video  Audio Recordings  Print Materials  Voicemail  Fax
  8. 8.  Distance education can expand access to education and training for both general populace and businesses since its flexible scheduling structure lessens the effects of the many time-constraints imposed by personal responsibilities and commitments.  Distance education programs can act as a catalyst for institutional innovation and are at least as effective as face-to-face learning programs, especially if the instructor is knowledgeable and skilled.  Distance education can also provide a broader method of communication within the realm of education. With the many tools and programs that technological advancements have to offer, communication appears to increase in distance education amongst students and their professors, as well as students and their classmates.  Distance education increase in communication, particularly communication amongst students and their classmates, is an improvement that has been made to provide distance education students with as many of the opportunities as possible as they would receive in in-person education. Benefits of Distance Education
  9. 9. Cont. Benefits of Distance Education  It has been shown through research that "as learners become aware of the variations in interpretation and construction of meaning among a range of people [they] construct an individual meaning," which can help students become knowledgable of a wide array of viewpoints in education.  To increase the likelihood that students will build effective ties with one another during the course, instructors should use similar assignments for students across different locations to overcome the influence of co-location on relationship building.  The high cost of education affects students in higher education, to which distance education may be an alternative in order to provide some relief.  Distance education has been a more cost-effective form of learning, and can sometimes save students a significant amount of money as opposed to traditional education.  Distance education may be able to help to save students a considerable amount financially by removing the cost of transportation.  Distance education may be able to save students from the economic burden of high-priced course textbooks. Within the class, students are able to learn in ways that traditional classrooms would not be able to provide. It is able to promote good learning experiences and therefore, allow students to obtain higher satisfaction with their online learning.  For example, students can review their lessons more than once according to their need. Students can then manipulate the coursework to fit their learning by focusing more on their weaker topics while breezing through concepts that they already have or can easily grasp.  When course design and the learning environment are at their optimal conditions, distance education can lead students to higher satisfaction with their learning experiences.  Studies have shown that high satisfaction correlates to increased learning. Students who are enrolled in distance education with high satisfaction in their online coursework are then motivated intrinsically to learn, which often means that their performance in class will improve.
  10. 10. Technology and Distance Learning The use of digital technologies for learning supports the education of adult learners and their teachers and extends educational opportunities to reach new groups of students. The thoughtful integration of digital technologies into the traditional scheme of education and their use in developing new ways of learning is necessary to ensure students have the tools to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing technological society. Digital technologies for learning, such as self-paced learning modules, multimedia case studies, simulations, video tutorials, and communications and assessment tools, can increase the array of learning opportunities for adult students and their teachers.