Learn How to Offer Good Quality Distance Education.
For all educational professionals offering or wanting to offer distance education.
- Learn how to write and develop courses for distance education.
- Understand the specific requirements of distance education.
- Study in your own time and at your own pace.
- Learn from experts in distance learning.
Course Structure and Lesson Content
There are 9 lessons in this course:
Lesson 1. Scope and Nature of Distance Education
- Trends in Education
- Changes in the World and their Impact on Distance Education
- Growth in Distance Education Industry
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Education
- Forms of Distance Education
- Traditional Distance Education (paper-based education)
- Mentor guided projects or research
- Video or audio courses
- Real Time Conferencing
- E Learning
- Blended learning
- What Style of Study Works Best
- Adapting Teacher-Learning Models to Distance Education
- Exposition Model
- Behavioural Model
- Cognitive Development Model
- Interaction Model
- Transaction Model
- Comparing Online Education with Traditional Distance Education
Lesson 2. Getting the Student Started
- Profiling Students who are New to Distance Education
- Making the Transition
- Getting Past the First Lesson
- How to Do Assignments
- Time Management
- Writing Style
- Completing Assignments
Lesson 3. Supporting Students
- Introduction to Nature and Benefits of Support Services in Distance Education
- Types of Support Services
- Guidelines for Counselling New or Prospective Students
- Guidelines for Completing Assignments
- Help with Research
- Student Feedback
Lesson 4. Real Time Support
- Dealing with Practical Work
- Telephone Conference
- Online Chat
- Video Conferencing
- Workshops and Attended Events
- Conducting Structured Exercises in Small Groups
- Listening Skills
- Empathic Listening
Lesson 5. Managing Resources
- Scope of Resources
- Cost of Resourcing
- Considering Resourcing Options
- PBL Project to manage resources for a specified distance education course.
Lesson 6. Assessment
- Various Approaches to Assessment
- Types of Assessment for Distance Education
- Submitting and Processing Assignments
- Marking Exams
- Exam Procedures and Processes
- Practical Examination
Lesson 7. Student Administration
- Advice for Prospective Students
- Enrolment Procedures
- Student Records
- Managing Feedback and Course Improvement
Lesson 8. Communication Skills
- Interpersonal Communication Skills for Distance Education
- Classroom Education does not Suit Everyone
- Understanding What Impairs a Student's Focus
Lesson 9. Supporting Graduates
- Cost v. Benefit
- Direct Support
- Assistance with C.V.'s
- Networking Services
- Career Advice
- Ongoing Use of Student Services
- News Bulletins
- Identify differences between various modes of distance education and other forms of education.
- Determine appropriate methods for communicating with, and motivating action from, new distance education students.
- Provide effective support services to students undertaking distance education studies.
- Explain the ways that teachers and students can work together by using effective listening skills, problem solving techniques, empathy and other interactive strategies to maintain effective and meaningful relationships in the learning process.
- Manage physical and human resources within a distance education program to achieve appropriate benefit for cost expended.
- Conduct effective assessment of distance education students.
- Conduct effective administration of distance education students.
- Improve students’ and teachers’ ability to communicate effectively in a distance education environment.
- Provide support for graduates upon or following completion of a distance education course.
What you will do in this Course
- Investigate the scope and nature of distance education being used in your country, both by Government Education Services and Private enterprise.
- Describe which method of distance education you think is most appropriate for specified skills.
- Interview students from the same course or a course in the same field to find what motivates them to complete the course.
- Give an example of a positive and a negative incentive in an educational setting.
- Give an example of where a negative incentive may be appropriate and explain why.
- List three practical ways a teacher might develop inquisitiveness or curiosity amongst students.
- Explain how your approach might be different when trying to motivate a perfectionist or high achiever compared to motivating a person with low self esteem or lack of enthusiasm.
- Investigate two other distance educations schools and compare support services in each.
- Explain how you could increase the capacity of the learning experience to cater to varied individual needs amongst D.E. students studying on line courses.
- Observe and record listening behaviour.
- Describe what applications you think chat has for distance education.
- Outline training needed before using a new tutor (with only classroom teaching experience) as a distance education tutor, who needs to communicate with D.E. students using a variety of different communication methods.
How the Course Works
You can start the course at any time.
It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies. Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.
Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor. The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.
Your next step?
You can enrol today - just go to the "It's easy to enrol" box at the top of this page.
If you have any questions - please do get in touch with us, we will be pleased to help. Phone us on (UK) 01384 442752, or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE - connect with our tutors.