DISTANCE EDUCATION Yorkton Regional High School Yorkton Public School Division #93 DISTANCE EDUCATION -- AN OVERVIEW Defined Who takes Distance Education classes? Instructional Formats Delivery Modes Critical Components of a DE Course Benefits Student and Teacher Requirements Defined
Is instructional delivery that does not constrain
a student to be physically present in the same
location as the instructor.
There are many terms describing distance education
Education or Knowledge on Demand
E-learning is Internet-enabled learning
E-learning will be the great equalizer in the next
century. By eliminating barriers of time, distance,
and socio-economic status, individuals can now
take charge of their own lifelong learning.
1. Correspondence School
Traditional delivery with a textbook/binder mailed out to the student
The student works independently through the course
Utilizes telephone support from the Correspondence School
Submit assignments by snail mail or fax
70 courses - Grades 9 - 12
2. Satellite Instruction
Partnership with SaskEd and SCN
Delivery mode is done in real-time
Saskatchewanoffers several courses:
Regina (Calculus 30, Law 30, Psych.30, Physics 20/30)
Swift Current (Biology 30, Entrepreneurship 30)
3. Web-based Courses OR ONLINE LEARNING
Is a course that is offered on line (World Wide Web).
Course is set up as a web page which students access at a time that fits their schedule
Courses allow opportunity for interaction, animation, discussion (I.e. chat)
Print (Textbooks, newspapers, handouts, magazines)
Electronic bulletin boards
Interaction is done in real
Students choose their own
instructional time frame
and gather learning materials
according to their own schedules.
Print materials, email, listservs,
videotaped courses, WWW courses,
CD-ROM interactive disks
Student Requirements for Programs
The Challenge to Schools...
“We must transform all formal institutions of learning from pre-K through college, to ensure that we arepreparing students for their future, notfor our past. Schools that ignore the trends shaping tomorrow will cease to be relevant in the lives of their students will disappear quickly.”