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Course level: Graduate

This course traces the development of distance learning, including past, present, and future trends. Learners will relate social contexts and educational goals to the evolution of technologies and their intended support of learning. Learners will explore the delivery of instruction over physical distance, focusing on concepts such as transactional distance, cultural considerations, anonymity, privacy, and accountability. Course Competencies: Examine the foundations and evolution of distance learning. Evaluate multiple learning theories and their applications to distance learning. Explore the needs, characteristics, and motivations of a diverse population of distance learners. Apply instructional approaches to a diverse population of learners. Examine the role of technology in distance learning. Analyze relevant issues and trends impacting distance learning.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Reading Week

Reading Week

The Evolution of Distance Learning

Learning Theories and Distance Education

Instructional Approaches to Distance Learning

Understanding the Diverse Distance Learner

Technology and Its Role in Distance Learning

Trends and Issues in Distance Learning


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

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Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer

Need to transfer credits to another college or university?

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