Definitions,History & Theories of Distance Education • What are the four components of DE? • Institutionally based • Separation of Teacher & Student • Interactive Telecommunications • Connecting learner, instructor & resources • Discuss the different “definitions” of DE identified by Keegan. Do they “fit” with the components identified above? • How doe Garrison & Shale expand the definitions?
Theory & Distance Education • What is Theory? • Compare Wedemeyer and Moore. • What is the industrialization of teaching? • What is andragogy? Is it a theory of DE? • How does Perraton “fit” with the other theories? • How do Perraton’s synthesis of theory and Keegan’s theoretical framework compare? • How does synchronous technology affect Keegan’s position that DE is not possible?
Fordism, Neo-Fordism & Post Fordism • Explain the three terms Fordism, Neo-Fordism & Post Fordism. • Give examples of each of these in the current DE environment.
History of Distance Education • Correspondence Study • Electronic Communications • Alberta • Distance Teaching Universities • British Open University • Athabasca University
Distance Education Theory, Methodology & Epistemology: A Pragmatic Paradigm • Discuss the philosophical difference between Saba & SSAZ? • What does Saba mean that America’s approach to DE is “pragmatic & atheoretical”? • How can he say this when he then presents two theoretical models (learner centered vs. organization and function of DE)? • How are theory and pragmatism related?
Aptitude Treatment Interaction • What is aptitude treatment interaction? • How does ATI relate to DE?
DE Dichotomies • Theory vs. Pragmatism • Learner Centered vs organizational • Asynchronous vs synchronous • Objectivist vs. constructivist • DE vs F2F
Systems Theory • Von Bertalanffy Input Process Output Feedback
Systems Theory and DE • What is transactional distance? • How does transactional distance “fit” with asynchronous DE? • How does transactional distance “fit” with synchronous DE? • How does transactional distance “fit” with a F2F instruction in a large lecture theatre?
Media Will Never Influence Learning • Explain Clark’s major thesis. • What is Clark’s replaceability challenge? • Explain Clark’s perceived difference between instructional or training design technologies and delivery technology. • Can / should medium and method be seperated?