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Course Number: 91-839

On-Line and Distance Learning

Units: 6

Although distance education has a history reaching back over a century, the launch and increasing accessibility of the World Wide Web in recent years has caused a surge in online forms of distance learning. This course introduces the student to the related fields of distance education and online learning, focusing not only on technologies for instructional delivery but also on learner needs and characteristics, instructional design strategies, teaching and facilitation techniques, and issues in policy and management. By the end of the course, the student will be able to:


Identify, describe, and categorize current online education providers.
Identify the major technologies used in distance education and develop criteria to apply them appropriately to learning situations.
Employ principles of instructional design to develop online and distance courses.
Apply appropriate strategies in teaching and facilitating online and distance courses.

Recognize issues involved in launching and sustaining online and distance education programs.

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