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The Challenge of Teaching Effectively from a Distance

The Challenge of Teaching Effectively from a Distance
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Author(s): Valerie E. Polichar (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Christine Bagwell (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 15
Source title: The Design and Management of Effective Distance Learning Programs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Richard Discenza (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-20-4.ch006


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Distance learning has the potential to be as powerful at successful instruction as conventional classroom learning. To take advantage of this potential, planners and educators should apply known principles of perception and learning gleaned from cognitive, behavioral, educational, and perceptual psychological research. These principles include those of elaborative encoding, interactive learning, reinforcement and the spacing effect. These principles and their relationship to human learning are presented. Applications of these principles in conventional distance learning packages are discussed, including Web page development, course-in-a-box software, chat rooms, MUD/MOO environments, bulletin boards and real-time online lectures. Suggestions are provided to guide the course designer in developing effective instructional tools.

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