EDUC 6421

Critical Issues in Distance Education

Distance Education represents a major structural change in education: the way it is designed, taught, and delivered. This course examines the historical, conceptual, theoretical, and practical issues associated with distance education. It is intended to provide a foundation for research and practice in the domain of distance education, as well as related areas (e.g., adult learning, educational systems design, school administration and policy).

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the historical evolution of distance education in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Explain the major conceptual issues that underlie distance education
  • Describe some of the theories of distance education that have been proposed
  • Discuss the nature of research studies that have been conducted in distance education
  • Develop guidelines for developing and implementing distance education programs
  • Summarize the current status and emerging developments of the field