Designing and Delivering DE using Technology

In Discussion 4, we touched basis on two important topics (1) design and delivery and (2) the role of the instructor. According to assigned readings and outside research I found that there are several similarities and differences between designing and delivering DE and F2F courses. However, both forms of education successful planning of assignments and required readings. Even though, both DE and F2F courses require the teacher to be knowledgeable of the subject, there methods of design and delivery are different. According to Moore and Kearsley (2012) there is a model that represents DE design called instructional systems design process (ISD) it focuses on(analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation) with a great emphasis on planning the course material. The text also states that the design of a distance education course is a team effort. Another important aspect of DE course is that teachers must receive copyright privileges before using someone else work (p.102).
Distance education is delivered through technology. “ Rather than attending a course in person, teachers and students may communicate at times, of their choosing, through the exchange of electronic media, or can communicate in real time, with the proper infrastructure” (Brown, Grice, Turner, & Hankins, 2012, p.94). On the other hand, face-to-face instruction gives both the students and teachers time to communicate and interact in person. In distance education courses all materials are posted in the course classroom and students will post responses to assignments and discussions in a designated area, teachers will then provide feedback and post grades to assignment. In a face-to-face classroom setting teachers are able to teach at pace that works for the student. It’s different in distance education and hard for the teacher to know if the student lacks understanding unless the student contacts the teacher through technology.
There are some differences in the role of the instructor in distance education courses compared to face-to-face classroom. According to Moore & Kearsley (2012) “as an instructor, you will not know how students react to what you have written, unless you ask them to tell you through feedback mechanism” (p.126). Therefore, distance education can be a challenging role for the professor since there is no direct eye contact. There are certain functions of the professor in distance education courses (content management, student progress and learner support). Three types of interaction necessary which includes learner-content interaction, learner-instructor interaction, and learner-learner interaction.Teachers in distance education courses have to spend more time planning the course material and explaining the information in a way that the students will understand. The teachers have to periodically check the classroom area for posting on discussion boards and assignments and communicate frequently with the students.
Suarez-Brown, T.L., Grice, H., Turner,T., Hankins, J. (2012). THE CHALLENGES OF DELIVERING QUALITY ONLINE DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES. Review of Business Research, 12 (5), 94-104.
Moore, M. G., & Kearsley, G. (2012). Distance education: A systems view of online learning. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

5 responses to “Designing and Delivering DE using Technology”

  1. Reece says :

    Wow, this is a very thorough analysis of both discussion topics for Module 4. I like how you break down the aspects of communication in DE: learner-content interaction, learner-instructor interaction, and learner-learner interaction. I feel like the hardest part of designing, delivering, and teaching a DE course is that all three modes of communication are, in essence, “virtual.” Learner-content interaction might actually be easier and clearer than in an F2F classroom, but learner-instructor and learner-learner interactions are definitely much more difficult in a DE environment.

    • sheneika703 says :

      Hi Reece, thanks for your response to my post ! You are absolutely right, some aspects of communication are easier in distance education courses compared to face-to-face classroom settings. The reason that learner-learner and learner-instructor interactions are more difficult in a DE environment is primarily due to the inability to make exact eye contact with one another. Therefore, making it harder to tell what the other person is thinking !

  2. jayjacques26 says :

    Hello Tonya, discussion 3 was the most interesting thus far, I agree that social media brings an important element to distance education. I personally think that the demand for social media in distance education is increasing because the higher demand for student-to-student interaction.
    The article provided some creative ideas to blend social media and education. The suggestion to follow a professional scholar is what I call effortless learning. In a course I took I had to follow a DE scholar on twitter and retweet the scholar articles. Before I retweeted an article I would read it and I found myself becoming more and more interested in reading articles about DE. Connecting though Skype is a good suggestion also, it changes the dynamics from the asynchronous learning environment. The suggestion to recruit guest speakers is also a good idea; I also experience this in another course. I was able to learn a lot from this assignment because I did lots of reading about the guest and his views so I would be able to ask him questions.
    What did you think about the suggestion to create a LinkedIn account for employment? I don’t have an account, however I am thinking about creating one.

    • sheneika703 says :

      Hi, thanks again for your response to my post. I think creating a LinkedIn account for employment can be a good thing. It would help perspective employers find you and it’s also a great way to meet people. I don’t have an account either and never really thought of creating one. However, I do know quite a few people with an account that find it beneficial. I might try LinkedIn one day !

  3. jayjacques26 says :

    Thank you for your views on Linkedln, my organization had a Linkedln seminar that i wish I could have attended. I might also try it one day.

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