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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Online Course in Delivering Distance Education.

  • For all educational professionals offering or wanting to offer distance education.

With the growing demand for distance education, and with more universities and colleges turning to distance education to keep abreast of the global need for more flexible education, ACS is often asked how it manages delivery of distance courses. We put decades of experience and expertise in distance education into our new course, Delivering Distance Education.

Topics covered in the course include: paper-based correspondence courses, online training, video courses, telephone conferencing, and e-learning.


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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
  • Online
  • 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
  • Introduction
  • Dealing with Practical Work
  • Telephone Conference
  • Online Chat
  • Video Conferencing
  • Mentoring
  • Workshops and Attended Events
  • Conducting Structured Exercises in Small Groups
  • Listening Skills
  • Empathic Listening
  • Conflict
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
  • Introduction
  • Various Approaches to Assessment
  • Grading
  • Types of Assessment for Distance Education
  • Submitting and Processing Assignments
  • Marking Exams
  • Exam Procedures and Processes
  • Plagiarism
  • Practical Examination
Lesson 7. Student Administration
  • Introduction
  • Advice for Prospective Students
  • Enrolment Procedures
  • Student Records
  • Managing Feedback and Course Improvement
Lesson 8. Communication Skills
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Alumni
  • Direct Support
  • Assistance with C.V.'s
  • Networking Services
  • Career Advice
  • Ongoing Use of Student Services
  • News Bulletins

Course Aims

  • 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.

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You can enrol today - just go to the "It's easy to enrol" box at the top of this page.

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Meet some of our academics

John MasonWriter, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
Rosemary Davies (General)Rosemary has over 30 years of working in jobs ranging from Writer, Consultant, Broadcaster and, Business owner, to Teacher and landscape designer. She has worked for ACS since 2008
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.

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