Distance Learning Strategies
Cynthia W. Sparks, Ed. D.
Term I 2001 August 3-4, 24-25, Sept 14-15
MEETING DATE AND TIME:
Friday, 4:30-9:30, Saturday 8:00-6:00.
Students must check in at the quarterdeck for each class session.
Dr. Sparks will be available in the assigned classroom before and after each
class session. She may be reached
at 421-7346 (H) or 547-0153 ext. 199 (W).
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is a study of various forms of distance learning with emphasis on
computer-based systems and online learning.
The course integrates relevant technology including multimedia authoring,
web design, and Internet delivery systems.
The course concentrates on the development of web based instructional
materials and the management of Internet based courses and programs.
Students design an educational web site and develop a strategy to deliver
web based instructional educational material.
EDU 6605, 6606, 6607 or permission of the instructor.
Upon completion of this course students will:
Acquire a technology vocabulary and
knowledge of computer concepts.
Acquire an understanding of the
impact of computers on classroom instruction.
Develop competence with and
understanding of the role computers fill in the educational process.
Develop competence in using
computers in the area of education.
Develop a theoretical rationale for
the use of computers in education.
Develop an understanding of the
impact of distance education of the future of education.
Demonstrate an understanding of the
primary application of computers in education.
Gain exposure to real life
experiences in designing and planning distance education courses.
Gain exposure to uses of and be
able to evaluate software for educational application.
Demonstrate the ability to
integrate multimedia computer applications into specific content areas in a
distance education environment.
Students will fulfill the
requirements for the Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel:
a computer system and utilize software
Apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and
productivity tools for professional use—word processing, databases,
presentations tools, and spreadsheets.
locate, evaluate, and use appropriate instructional technology-based resources
(hardware and software) to support SOL and other instructional objectives.
and implement lessons and strategies that integrate technology to meet the
diverse needs of learners in a variety of educational settings.
This course will be taught in a computer lab with hands on activities. The class
will require participation from students in exploring various ways to use
distance education with computer applications, presentation tools, and the
Internet to integrate technology into classroom instruction over the Internet.
This class assumes that students have mastery of the basic skills of the
four basic application programs. This is an advanced class is distance education
and its use in the classroom and on the web.
Students should also be familiar with web based computer applications
(i.e. HTML and web authoring tools). Students will be using these programs to
create integrated learning experiences for the classroom.
There will be a final exam that counts 25 % and demonstrates student’s
skills. A research paper (case
study) on a topic of the student’s choice which counts 25%.
A distance education project (35%)--The development of an integrated
distance education course that demonstrates student skills with video, audio,
presentation, and web development. This
may be delivered over the web or by disk. Each
class member will create a simple TrackStar distance learning project 10%.
Guidelines for Research
Identify an educational environment or topic related to instructional
technology appropriate for a review. The
topic for study can relate to any concept that you wish to study related to
technology in your particular job.
The length of the paper will depend on the depth of your study but will
be double spaced with an introduction, purpose, summary, and bibliography.
Research must be written according to the APA Publication Manual.
Each paper will include an Executive Summary as the opening page of the
Guidelines for Distance
Education Project and Presentation.
Identify a topic for instruction which incorporates instructional
technology into a course.
Plan and design the course to meet the design specifications discussed by
the instructor. These projects must incorporate the use of presentation
software, video, and audio as well as other instructional techniques.
These projects may be presented over the Internet (as a web page) or by
disk. These projects are expected
to be interactive, i.e., they require active participation on the part of the
The presentation of the project requires the demonstration of the project
with an explanation of it’s components. The
projects will be presented at the last class session.
None. Web site address will
be supplied where all handouts and notes will be posted.
The distance education site www.blackboard.com
will be used for this course. On
The first night of class you will be given your login name and password so that
you can access course information and documents.
The address is http://troyst.blackboard.com
the web as a classroom tool; establish login to blackboard.com
Introduction: What is
Establish an e-mail account and
E-mail the instructor giving her the address and a self-assessment of your
computer skills and experiences.
Create a simple TrackStar track on a
topic of your choice.
Critique blackboard.com—explore and
offer criticism and praise
is in a distance course? Planning and pitfalls
your distance education course for presentation online.
Education in action
the revisions of distance education course project
Education Project and research paper due.
of Presenters to be determined.
Current articles from periodicals dealing with instructional technology.
Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the instructor
at the beginning of the term of any special needs or equipment necessary to
accomplish the requirements for this course.
Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning
difficulty should speak with the instructor or contact the Office of Student
Services at 451-8202.