EDCI 57500: Foundations of Distance Education

(3 credit hours)

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Distance education—working with learners who aren’t physically present in the same location as you, and who are likely learning at different times of day—opens endless possibilities in the fields of education and training. From webinars to videoconferencing, from fully online courses to shorter learning segments, distance education is happening in every corner of the world so it’s imperative you master the tools needed to succeed in this rapidly growing field. In EDCI 57500 Foundations of Distance Education, you’ll learn the various definitions and theories of distance education while learning to design for such environments.

What You’ll Learn in EDCI 57500
This course is an introduction to the field of distance learning/education. We will examine basic concepts and principles of distance learning, the theoretical underpinnings of the field, research and application literature, and distance education delivery technologies. A systematic approach to the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of instruction for learners at a distance is emphasized. Special attention is given to internet-based videoconferencing and course or learning management systems.

Course Topics
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Distance Education
  • Research and Distance Education
  • Instructional Design Models and Principles of Distance Education
  • Instructional Design: Guidelines for Practitioners
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Distance Education
  • Teaching at a Distance
  • Getting to Know the Distance Education Student
  • Copyright and Distance Education

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of EDCI 57500 Foundations of Distance Education, you will be able to:

  • Discuss common distance education definitions and theories.
  • Understand how distance education has evolved including the history, research, and current trends of distance education.
  • Select and demonstrate appropriate technologies for use in distance education environments.
  • Identify appropriate instructional design methods.
  • Apply appropriate instructional design methods to distance education scenarios.
  • Demonstrate understanding of unique challenges of teaching at a distance.
  • Appreciate common assessment and evaluation methods and incorporate them into distance education scenarios.
  • Discuss potential issues and barriers faced by learners and instructors in distance education environments.
  • Be aware of and discuss policies that relate to distance education.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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