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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.