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  1. Best Practices for Distance Education Quality Assurance Issues Michael Simonson, Ph.D. Program Professor Instructional Technology and Distance Education Fischler School of Education Nova Southeastern University North Miami Beach, FL

  2. www.nova.edu/~simsmich

  3. Our Agenda • Distance Education – What do we really mean? • Status of Distance Education Today Who is getting into DE • Quality Assurance Issues

  4. #1: Definition of Distance Education Institution-based formal education where the learning group is separated, and where interactive telecommunications systems/media are used to connect learners, resources and instructors (Simonson, 2009) Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Definition

  5. #2: Status of Distance EducationWhat is Happening? • The World – Open Source and Moodle • South Dakota • Florida • Iowa • Colleges and Universities

  6. The Florida Virtual School

  7. Worldwide Reach of Moodle Open Source Course Management System

  8. The World is Flat Thomas Friedman “…companies will go where the knowledge is…” Coefficient of Flatness “…the flatter one’s country is – that is, the fewer natural resources it has – the better of it will be in a flat world…”

  9. Critical MassWhen an innovation “takes off on its own.” Critical Mass

  10. #3: Question: What Do We Do? Answer: Insure Quality 1. Define Distance Education 2. Develop a Quality Plan to Implement 3. Institutionalize Distance Education

  11. Indicators of Concern • Dual tracks – distance learners and traditional • Dual populations • Dual evaluation systems • Standardized courses • Duplication of traditional courses • Failure to apply Equivalency Theory • Poor Institutionalization • Many drop-outs • Many complaints

  12. Indicators of Quality • A clear mission statement • Faculty oversight and input • Support ~24/7 • Clear plans for the future • Rigorous Evaluation

  13. (Kotter, 1999)

  14. Two Trends: International Distance Education Leapfrogging Standards and Accreditation

  15. Create a Vision:The Digital Dakota Network – South Dakota …Start with The children …empower the workforce …promote economic development Fischler School of Education, Nova Southeastern University …cause an effect …beyond the classroom