Distance Learning: The Essential Guide / Edition 1

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Distance Learning is an ideal introduction to the world of new educational technologies. Filled with case studies, and built on an intuitive set of 'How Do I ...' questions, it provides a strong foundation for teachers who need to know more about open and distance learning, across any academic discipline.

"...an invaluable ressource for teachers who need to know more about open and distance learning - across any academic discipline."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761914426
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/27/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Paprock is an international speaker with numerous invitational Speaking (Keynote and plenary talks) Indicated Cross-national, cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary and cross-institutional research. He recently was Symposium chair (invited) The 1st Conference on Research in Distance and Adult Learning in Asia. The Open University of Hong Kong. June 21, 2000. In 1999, Dr. Paprock provided Evaluation of Distance Education Programs and proposals for the Universidad Autonomous de Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico, International Training Train the Trainers Certification (1999) co-sponsored with University of Guanajuato, VEN Center, coordinator and trainer. Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was inducted into the International Who's Who in Distance Education, Bonn, Germany. 1998 - present Consulting Consultant to the General Coordination of Investigation and Advanced Studies, the feasibility of introducing advanced studies programs in the form of Distance Education in the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Toluca, Mexico June 1999. Consultant for ABC News 20/20, October story about distance education and questionable schools. September, 1998.
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Table of Contents

Open and Distance Learning Overview
Open and Distance Learning Concepts and Components
The Dynamics of the Distance Learning Environment
Speeding Up Technology Transfer
Designing Instruction for Learning
Turning Verbal Information into Visual Communication
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Outstanding book for practical distance learners

    In this practical and timely volume, Distance Learning, The Essential Guide, authors, Marcia L. Williams, Kenneth Paprock, and Barbara Covington, provide clear commentary on the basic issues surrounding distance learning. This book presents an original combination of learning resources like reading case studies, tear-out worksheets, and checklists. In addition, the book contains templates designed to be copied and a very useful and updated glossary of terms, converting this book in a practical material indispensable for all teachers who need to go inside of the distance leaning world. The authors organized the book in six chapters that provide you with the foundation needed to teach from a distance. To begin introducing open and distance learning, the first chapter presents the history and growth of this field and the way evolving technologies have been transitioned into existing distance learning formats. The authors continue in Chapter Two by analyzing the concepts and components that make up an open and/or distance learning environment as well as including recommendations in order that the reader can appreciate a futurist view in roles and competencies for a specialization in this area. Using several case studies, Chapter Three introduces a broad overview of all practical considerations that can be applied as you set up an open and /or distance learning network. These include: equipment, network, technical, usage, cost, and also advantages and disadvantages that you can find in the process of implementation. The transitional change process, resisting change, identifying of barriers, and ways how others have overcome educational situations by building on comfortable and familiar scenarios are detailed in Chapter 4. In Chapter Five, the paradigm of teaching from a distance is radically different from teaching face-to-face is broken. The authors claim 'it is true that there are differences, it is also true that the basic principles for teaching and learning from a distance are the same as the basic principles for any teaching and learning environment.' The last chapter includes information to begin to turn verbal information into visual communication, including ideas on working with space, working with text and fonts, and visual relationships. Williams, Paprock, and Covington present a very practical book with a strong theoretic foundation. This book lends itself as an important resource for the every professional who needs to use distance learning, including teachers, trainers, and every person that want to transmit knowledge using the infinite possibilities of the technology in an efficient and effective way.

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