Distance Education

August 20, 2009

When I think of distance ed I think of the USDLA definition (because I had a similar course at UofL and this was the definition used), “The acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction, encompassing all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance.”

I visualize it in terms of a hyperbolic tree.  It isn’t static  — you just keep adding branches to the tree —  distance ed is like that; it’s always changing due to advancements in education,  technology, etc.

You start with delivery of instruction/content to learners in the center and then there are branches off of that center.  One of the branches sprouting off of the center is the course design; this branches off into administrative, organizational and communication methods.  And it just keeps growing.

Click on this link for visual: Distance Ed hyperbolic tree

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