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bulletEvaluating online courses

"Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" (Chickering & Gamson, AAHE Bulletin, 1987) established a framework for evaluating teaching in traditional, face-to-face courses, based on fifty years of higher education research. A team of five evaluators from Indiana University's Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT) recently used these principles to evaluate four online courses in a professional school at a large Midwestern university. From their study they developed a list of "lessons learned" for online instruction corresponding to the original seven principles.

bulletOnline and Distance Learning FAQ

Excellent overview from the University of Essex, includes sections addressing:

  • What is online learning?
  • How do I best support online learning? 
  • What is virtual distance learning?

bulletQAA Distance Learning Guidelines

These guidelines offer advice on assuring the quality and academic standards of higher education programmes of study provided through distance learning.

bulletStreaming Technologies and Distance Learning

What are the implications of this apparently new medium for distance and online learning allowing us to "tune in" from our web browsers to live radio, TV-like webcasts and video recordings from across the world? Should learning resource developers view streaming as a supplement t o enhance or support other course delivery media, or has it the potential to become a main stream delivery medium itself? Article by Mike O'Donoghue et al, CSALT, Lancaster University.


e-University is the working title of a collaborative project by the UK higher education funding bodies to establish a new way of providing HE programmes through web-based learning. The project is designed to give UK higher education the capacity to compete globally with the major virtual and corporate universities being developed in the United States and elsewhere.

bulletEthical policies for distance education

In "Ethics in Distance Education: Developing Ethical Policies" (Online Journal of Distance Learning Education, vol. IV, no. I, Spring 2001), Deborah Gearhart, writes, "No doubt that there are both advantages and disadvantages to the telecommunications revolution but as educators we must handle the changes ethically and provide quality educational experiences." Gearhart provides a brief overview of the steps an institution can take to develop policies that contribute to an "ethically sound distance learning atmosphere."

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bulletGuiding Principles for Distance Teaching and Learning

Useful and brief, from the American Distance Education Consortium. Intended to serve as guidelines for identifying and evaluating web-based courses and non-formal educational programs. Web-based learning environments may be designed for distance as well as face-to-face students.

bullet Issues in Teaching with Technologies

These selected online papers from Office for Learning Technologies, Canada, address various issues related to learning and teaching with technologies that may interest instructors. For example, Design and Planning materials:

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