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Distance Education Guides

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Internet Sites:

• Essential Principles of High-Quality Online Teaching: Guidelines for Evaluating K-12 Online Teachers
This publication looks at the unique skills required for online teachers and concludes with a checklist that can be used to help determine whether such teachers meet standards in several areas.

• Virtual Schools: Trends and Issues
A Study of Virtual Schools in the United States (2001)

This study is intended to provide insights into activities and trends of K-12 virtual schools in the United States. From the San Francisco-based research organization WestEd.

• Learning Without Walls – Virtual Schools and the Online Learning Revolution
From the American School Board Journal, a special issue on virtual schools. Contains articles and online resources as well as information about vendors who provide resources for online learning. To view, scroll down to the section titled: ASBJ Special Report.

• A Profile of Participation in Distance Education: 1999-2000
This NCES report profiles undergraduate and graduate students’ participation in distance education in 1999-2000. Results show that students with characteristics associated with greater family and work responsibilities tend to participate in distance education at higher rates than their counterparts with fewer family and work responsibilities.

• Virtual Revoluation: Trends in the Expansion of Distance Education (May 2001)
“The American Federation of Teachers’ newest technology report charts the growth of new distance education providers and raises quality concerns about programs organized around a corporate model.”

• Distance Education Resources
A variety of useful resources and references to assist in the development and delivery of distance education courses.

• Distance Education Clearinghouse
Extensive source of high-authority information about distance education.  Includes articles, bibliographies, related technology, glossary of distance education terms, and a list of other resources.

• Distance Learning Resource Network
DLRN disseminates information from and for educators, administrators,  policymakers and parents interested in the effective implementation of distance education.  Topics covered include:  distance education technologies, literature reviews and research, evaluation, classroom and equipment design, K-12 and college courses, and more.

• Distance Education: A Consumer’s Guide
Provides information for distance learners including specific information about accreditation for those who are trying to evaluate and choose an appropriate distance education program.

• Distance Education: Guidelines for Good Practice (May 2000)
“These guidelines are intended to help faculty who are either already teaching distance education courses or preparing to do so, as well as locals that are negotiating distance education issues with management. In addition, the report encourages institutions and public officials to put quality at the center of their technology programs.” Prepared by the American Federation of Teachers.

• A Teacher’s Guide to Distance Learning
Written by Dr. Ann Barron, Florida Center for Instructional Technology

• Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services
These guidelines are designed to help higher education library services meet the needs of distance education faculty, students, and academic support services. From the Association of College & Research Libraries.
http://www.ala.org/Content/NavigationMenu/ACRL/Standards_and_Guidelines/ Guidelines_for_Distance_Learning_Library_Services1.htm

• Virtual High School
“The VHS (Virtual High School) project is a collaborative of high schools from around the country. In exchange for contributing a small amount of teaching time, a school in the collaborative can offer its students NetCourses ranging from advanced academic courses to technical and specialized courses.” (Excerpt) A U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant.

• World Lecture Hall
Contains links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver class materials. For example, you will find course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, multimedia textbooks, etc.

• Community Development Among Distance Learners: Temporal and Technological Dimensions
Abstract – “This paper explores social support and community development among members of a computer-supported distance learning program. The research focuses on what characterizes this community, and how students define and maintain community while largely restricted to communication through media that have been viewed as unsuitable for the maintenance of close social bonds.”

• Journals & Newsletters for Distance Education
A list of distance education publications which includes publisher information, price, ISSN, etc.

• ERIC Digest – Competencies for Online Teaching (2001)

Online Communities:

Discussion on DEOS-L includes current issues in distance education; research enquiries and assistance; professional networking; announcements of conferences, and other topics of interest to professionals in distance education.
To subscribe, address an e-mail message to: listserv@lists.psu.edu
In the body of the message, include the text:
SUBSCRIBE DEOS-L YourFirstName YourLastName

The WBTOLL discussion list was started to fill the need for an online discussion group that offered daily exchages related to the development of Web based training and online learning programs.  BTOLL-L will serve as a discussion area for developers, training managers, educators, students and others who are using (or considering) online mediums in the delivery of training and learning programs.
To subscribe, address an e-mail message in the following manner:
To: listserv@hermes.circ.gwu.edu
sub WBTOLL-L YourFirstName YourLastName


• American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC)
ADEC is an international consortium of state universities and land grant institutions providing high quality and economic distance education programs and services via the latest and most appropriate information technologies. Primary emphasis is on programs relating to: Food and Agriculture; Children, Youth and Families; Community/Economic Development; Distance Education & Technology; Environment and Natural Resources; Nutrition and Health; Others.
ADEC Distance Education Consortium
C218 Animal Science Building
Lincoln, NE  68583-0952
Tel: 402/472-7000
Fax: 402/472-9060
E-mail: jpoley@unl.edu

• American Center for the Study of Distance Education
“Seeks to promote distance education research, study, scholarship, and teaching and to serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of knowledge about distance education.”
American Center for the Study of Distance Education
College of Education
The Pennsylvania State University
110 Rackley Building
University Park  PA   16802-3202
Tel: 814/863-3764
Fax: 814/865-5878

• United States Distance Learning Association
P.O. BOX 376
Watertown, MA 02471-0376
Toll Fre: 800/275-5162

• International Centre for Distance Learning
List of distance education courses and institutions, journals, conferences, literature database and library on distance education, and more.
International Centre for Distance Learning
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1908 653537
Fax: +44 1908 654173
E-mail: icdl-enquiries@open.ac.uk