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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

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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

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

Distance Learning

 Distributed Learning

 Web-based courses

 Virtual Education

 Cyber Schools

 Education or Knowledge on Demand

 e-Learning

e learning is internet enabled learning

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.

who takes distance education classes
Who takes distance education classes?
  • Students from rural schools -- desired course is not available or does not fit into their timetable
  • Students from urban schools -- Course may not fit into their timetable
  • Illness
  • Sports
  • Religion
  • Home Schooling
  • Academically advanced student
  • Students who are having difficulties in a particular course
  • Teachers who would like to supplement their course
  • Adults who are upgrading
instructional formats
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

Instructional Formats
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)

Viscount (French)

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)

distance education includes
Print (Textbooks, newspapers, handouts, magazines)


Electronic Whiteboards

Fax machines

Video cassettes




Audio teleconferencing

Audio cassettes


Voice mail

Video conferencing


Electronic bulletin boards

Electronic chats

delivery modes
Delivery Modes
  • Synchronous Instruction

Interaction is done in real


Interactive TV



Asynchronous instruction

Students choose their own

instructional time frame

and gather learning materials

according to their own schedules.

Print materials, email, listservs,

audiocassette courses,

videotaped courses, WWW courses,

CD-ROM interactive disks

critical components
Critical Components
  • Content
  • Instructional Design
  • Student/Audience/Client
  • Technology Support
  • General Support
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Flexibility in scheduling for students within the high school, the division, the province
  • Opportunity for schools that are unable to offer the course
  • Opportunity for students with different learning styles
  • Opportunity for home-based students to enroll
  • Opportunity for educators to develop new learning environments, strategies and technologies.
more benefits
More Benefits
  • Innovative programming
  • E-learning empowers us
  • Information from a greater variety of sources
  • Increased access for life-long learners
  • Location/Geography is no longer an issue
Student Requirements for Programs
  • Personal motivation
  • Academic skills at appropriate grade level
  • Keyboarding skills
  • Independent learners
  • Social skills development
  • Other general tips and guidelines for online students….
Participation. Contribute your ideas and participate in discussions with other students.
  • Email, email -- stay in touch with the instructor
  • Be able to spend the same amount of time per week in an online class as you would a traditional class.
  • Work with the technology
  • Communicate through writing
  • Have fun!
the challenge to schools

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.”

…David Thornbug

thank you
Thank You

Thank You