MDDE 601: Introduction to Distance Education and Training
Delivery mode: Grouped study using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Core course
Instructor Spring 2013: TBD
This first core course in Athabasca University's Master of Education in Distance Education program is required for all program students. It provides students with an overview of current forms of distance education and explores a variety of applications, including distance education in post-secondary institutions, K-12 schools, and in workplace and training environments. Research and theory development are addressed. The course also examines distance education technology, online teaching and learning, as well as learner support and the management and administration of distance education programs.
In addition to the study of distance education, the course also involves practical skills-building activities to help you become a more effective graduate student and distance learner. Towards this end, the course will promote skills in scholarly writing, library research, and reflective practice, as well as in the use of a variety of web-based tools and resources.
The goals of the course are to provide you with:
- a foundation of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare you for further studies and which will enable you to become competent academics and practitioners of distance education;
- an introduction to a wide range of literature in the field;
- a critical approach towards the rhetoric and practice in the field of distance education and training; and,
- the means to integrate prior knowledge and skills with the newly acquired knowledge and skills developed in the course.
The course is divided into six units:
Unit 1 Foundations of Distance Education
Unit 2 Research and Evaluation in Distance Education
Unit 3 Distance Education Technology
Unit 4 Teaching and Learning at a Distance
Unit 5 Learner Support
Unit 6 Management of Distance Education
Your grade will be based on three assignments and your participation in the course. The assignments are as follows:
Assignment 1: Students will complete a critical review of a selected article.
Assignment 2: Students will work in groups and develop a presentation based on their critical review of a selected article.
Assignment 3: Students will write a paper for a proposed new distance education organization and discuss various aspects of its design.
Please note that some changes in schedules and/or specifics of assignments may be made from time to time or by individual instructors.
- online Study Guide in Moodle
- the course textbooks:
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S. E., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2011). Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education. Allyn & Bacon.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
- selection from the online textbook:
Anderson, T. (Ed.). (2008). The theory and practice of online learning (2nd ed.). Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University Press.
Get Started Early
Early access to the Learning Management System, Moodle, begins one week before the official start date of your course, at that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will automatically become active.
CDE - Last updated by MM February 20, 2013
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