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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

our agenda
Our Agenda
  • Distance Education – What do we really mean?
  • Status of Distance Education Today

Who is getting into DE

  • Quality Assurance Issues
1 definition of distance education
#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

2 status of distance education what is happening
#2: Status of Distance EducationWhat is Happening?
  • The World – Open Source and Moodle
  • South Dakota
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Colleges and Universities
the world is flat
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…”

3 question what do we do

#3: Question: What Do We Do?

Answer: Insure Quality

1. Define Distance Education

2. Develop a Quality Plan to Implement

3. Institutionalize Distance Education

indicators of concern
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
indicators of quality
Indicators of Quality
  • A clear mission statement
  • Faculty oversight and input
  • Support ~24/7
  • Clear plans for the future
  • Rigorous Evaluation
two trends international distance education
Two Trends: International Distance Education

Leapfrogging

Standards and Accreditation

create a vision the digital dakota network south dakota
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