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TE 601 Distance Education Instructor: Bill Duff, Jr. 408K CRRB (CERC) Tel. 293-0405 x4147 Email: bill.duff@mail.wvu.edu Web site: http://www.cerc.wvu.edu/duffy/TE601.htm Course Syllabus COURSE: TE 601 Distance Education DESCRIPTION:

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te 601 distance education

TE 601 Distance Education

Instructor: Bill Duff, Jr.


Tel. 293-0405 x4147

Email: bill.duff@mail.wvu.edu

Web site: http://www.cerc.wvu.edu/duffy/TE601.htm


Course Syllabus

COURSE:TE 601Distance Education


This course will address the nature of technical communication systems in distance education; their configuration and behavior, and the organizational factors associated with their development, acquisition, use, and maintenance. Topics relevant to elementary, secondary, and higher education will be covered. Implications for training in industry will also be covered.

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Duff, Jr, 408K CRRB, WVU,

Morgantown, WV 26506

304 293-0405, ext 4147,

e-mail bill.duff@mail.wvu.edu

Please call for an appointment.

(Directions to CERC)



  • Expose students to scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields associated with education and communication and information systems.
  • Make students aware of the technical features and operation of communication and information systems used for distance education in a variety of educational settings; elementary, secondary, and higher education, as well as, industrial settings.
  • Provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new ideas, controversial issues, and future possibilities associated with the installation and management of communication and information systems in educational settings.
  • Describe the adoption and use of distance education systems including the roles of students, administrators, teachers, trainers, and facilitators.
  • Provide opportunity for students to observe live satellite distance education program
  • and participate in CMC for distance education.
  • Develop skills in the planning and production of distance education programs.


1. Attend all scheduled class sessions and participate in discussions.

2. Complete all reading assignments.

3. Observe and critique: one 2-way video/2-way audio videoconference distance learning program, andone 1-way video/2-way audio satellite delivered distance learning program. Select sites from list provided on course calendar.

4. Critique two computer mediated communication (CMC) education or training programs.

5. Working with a partner, prepare, conduct and video tape a 20-minute multimedia presentation in a distance education site of origin (4th Floor Allen Videoconference room, or 405 Allen Hall). Select a topic of your choice. This will be a simulation of a distance education class being taught using one of the 3 methods of delivery.  



6. Working with a partner, prepare: an actual home page and two/three pages of content/instruction for a CMC course of your choice. Use FrontPage 98 (Allen 401 Lab), MS Word, or Web CT(if available).

7. Working alone, choose a. or b.:

a. Create an infrastructure development plan for an institution to improve their ability to use distance education/training. This must be based on an actual institution or facility.


b. Develop a proposal to design and produce a teleconference for education/training (must be a series of 3 programs or more).



Student requirements _ % of grade

1.&2. Attend classes and complete all readings 10

3. Critique two teleclasses 10

4. Critique two computer (www/Internet) course 10

5. Multimedia presentation 25

6. CMC Course materials 25

7. Infrastructure development plan (or) proposal 20



Minoli, D. (1996) Distance Learning:Technology & Applications. Artech House Pub, Norwood, MA.

Van Dusen, G. (2000) Digital Dilemma: Issues of access, cost, and quality in media-enhanced and distance education. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.

Maughan, G.R. (Ed) (fall 2001- In Press) Technology Leadership: Communication and information systems in higher education. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.


WVU Social Justice Statement

West Virginia University is committed to social justice. I concur with that commitment and expect to foster a nurturing learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. Our University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, religion, sexual orientation, color or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to further such a positive and open environment in this class will be appreciated and given serious consideration.

If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in this class, please advise me and make appropriate arrangements with Disability Services (293-6700).




8/26 Introduction to course. Introduction to topic.

9/2 Class meets in CRRB building 1st floor room 109

Distance education; concepts and systems. Van Dusen, 1-19

Communication infrastructure analysis. Minoli, 1-42

9/9 Overview of typical comm & info systems in education and infrastructure development. Minoli, 43-124

Maughan, Chap 2

9/16 Observations/Site study.

9/23 Television program planning, origin, and presentation. Van Dusen, pp 21-39

Minoli, 125-144

9/30 Television signal distribution over distances; technical means. Minoli, 197-234




10/7 Observations/Site study.

10/14 Videoconference techniques.

10/21 CMC instruction over distances. Minoli, 235-248

10/28 Classroom use of computer mediated instruction over distance. Van Dusen, pp. 41-61

Minoli, 263-268

11/4 CMC planning and management. Minoli, 269-298




11/11 Observations/site study. (Due next week 11/13)

11/18 Technology leadership and distance education/Studies Maughan, Chap 8 Van Dusen, pp. 63-94

11/25 No Class. Thanksgiving Break

12/2 Future systems development and services, content summary and wrap-up. Current Journals

12/9 Student presentations.  

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TE 601 Distance Education
  • … will address the nature of technical communication systems in distance education and training; their configuration and behavior, and the organizational factors associated with their development, acquisition, use, and maintenance.
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TE 601 Distance Education
  • Supplemental Text:

Van Dusen, Gerald,C. (2000) Digital dilemma: Issues of access, cost, and quality in media-enhanced and distance education. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco

  • Reading Schedule:
      • 9/14 pp. 1-19
      • 9/28 pp. 21-39
      • 10/19 pp. 41-61
      • 11/16 pp. 63-94
references web
References: Web
  • http://www.cvc.edu/
  • www.distance-educator.com
  • http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/majors/distancelearning/index.asp
  • http://www.uwex.edu/disted/index.html
  • http://www.ed.psu.edu/acsde/
distance education definitions
Distance Education - Definitions

1. learning that takes place at a site remote from the instructor (Feasley, 1982)

2. the delivery of credit and non-credit instruction where the majority of content expertise and management is at one location and the majority of student learning is at another (Evans, 1986)

3. implying all forms of education in which the teacher is involved and operating specifically in a role that is not in the classroom or in the same location as the pupil (Dunnett, 1990)

More . . .

4. the acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated in-formation & instruction, encompassing all technologies & other forms of learning at a distance (U.S. DL Assoc, 1996)

5. the interactive delivery of educational programming to remote sites (2-way and interactive and that the source of the instruction or information may be at a distance and has to be accessed over an appropriate network ) (Minoli, 1996)

reasons for distance education
Reasons for Distance Education
  • Corporate world - employee skills determine competitiveness (training & performance support)
  • Government – cost reduction and employee skill needs
  • K-12 schools - the quantity and quality of teachers as well as broadening the window on the world
  • Higher education - costs for traditional teaching, need to serve non-traditional students, and maintain enrollments
institutional approaches
Institutional Approaches
  • For-Profit Educational Institutions:

Univ of Phoenix, DeVry, etc.

  • Avant-garde Educational Institutions:

West Gov Open Univ, Southern Reg Elec Campus, Nat Technological Univ, etc.

  • Not-For-Profit:

The rest of us

  • Business & Government:

Just about everyone

move to virtual education training
Move to Virtual Education/Training

Virtual corporation / Virtual campus

  • Institutions around the country use television, telephone systems, computers (private networks, Internet, and commercial on-line services).
  • Some institutions hammer together off-the-shelf products or buy turn-key systems, others create their own systems/software
  • Most educational institutions create their own courseware, others create w/consultants
  • Most corporations outsource courseware
distance education
Distance Education


  • 1-way video/2-way audio (satellite)
  • 2-way video/2-way audio (teleconferencing)
  • Computer Mediated Comm (CMC)
    • Personal Internet or Groupware (CMC) (text,video,audio,graphics) Internet or private network
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Distance Education
  • Time
    • Synchronous – all participants, same time
    • Asynchronous – participants engage when/where
  • Functions
    • Messaging
    • Seek and acquire
    • Teaching/learning interaction
range of de services

Bookstore/course mats

Course content

Contact with instructor

Contact with other learners (ind/group)

Non-tech troubleshooting


Financial aid

Resource/research materials

Transcripts/training tracking


Technical support

Range of DE Services
change and restructuring for distance education
Change and Restructuring for Distance Education
  • A wide range of options exist for the restructuring of education and training to take advantage of DE
  • Variables that effect change are: economics, technology, cultural behaviors & beliefs

Changes in formal


- boundaries

- responsibilities

- comm channels

Changes in informal


- work relations

- group norms

- status

politics of distance education
Politics of Distance Education
  • Millennial Restructuralism – radical restructuring postsecondary institution from the ground up to respond to social, demographic, and economic changes
  • Incremental Reformism – evolutionary change while preserving some principles of the academy (i.e. faculty oversight, academic freedom, tenure, etc.)

Van Dusen, 2000

distance education s
Distance Education ?’s
  • Distance education and virtual education options - are they expanding?
  • Institutional infrastructure - is it maturing?
  • Are participant numbers increasing?
  • Do quality and appropriateness remain issues?
  • What are new challenges to institutions as well as to our philosophy of education/training?