Multiple Distance Learning techniques

Main idea

Michael Moore defined “distance teaching” as the family of instructional methods in which the teaching behaviors are executed apart from the learning behaviors,including those that in a contiguous situation would be performed in the learner’s presence,so that communication between the teacher and the learner must be facilitated by print,electronic,mechanical,or other devices. while Schlosser and Simonson theorize that for distance education to be successful, its appropriate application should be based on the approach that the more equivalent the learning experiences of distant students are to that of local students, the more equivalent will be the outcomes of the learning experience.

Main objectives

The main objectives of one that wishes to combine multiple theories on distance education would be to answer first the main questions of providing a course through virtual education a) Is it a subset of distance education or to be regarded as a separate field of educational endeavor? What are its didactic structures? What is the relationship of its cost effectiveness and of its educational effectiveness to distance education and to conventional education?

How is it used? (environment, target groups, premises, facilities, etc)

In distance learning we find quite useful to provide the courses using a Post-Fordist way of realisation. The post-Fordist approach to distance education would focus on the consumer rather than the product. Administration would be decentralized, democratic, and participatory, and the division of labor would be informal and flexible. Teachers would have a high responsibility to develop curriculum and respond to the learning needs of their students.

When, where and by whom was it created?

Three constructs emerge from the literature regarding constructivism and have implications for the learning environment. They are (1) learning is an active process, (2) the learner has prior knowledge, and (3) the learner takes responsibility for their own learning (Yager, 1991; Cobb et al 1992, Magoon, 1977; Hewson & Hewson, 1988).