Course Description: EDUC 6421

Critical Issues in Distance Education

Description:
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 & policy).

Objectives:
After completing this course, students will be able to:

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 

Prerequisites:
None currently indicated.

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