||Challenges in Implementing
Distance Learning Programs
- What topics lend themselves to distance education?
- How can we create a community of online learners?
- How do we maximize student-teacher, student-student interaction online?
- How can we select and use synchronous and asynchronous tools to facilitate the
interaction essential for learning?
- How do we prepare students to get technologically prepared for distance training?
- How do we accommodate different learning styles and age ranges?
- How does the choice of technology affect learning? Does it affect the distant student's
sense of satisfaction with the course?
- How do we avoid not letting the technology interfere with quality education?
- What training do students/instructors need to implement distance education effectively?
- What credentials do distance learning instructors need?
- What are appropriate training models for distance learning?
- Does technology help move us from a teacher-centered model to a learner-centered model of
- How will changes in our on-campus learning environments impact upon our distance education
delivery systems and methods?
- What assumptions do we make vis-a-vis traditional education? What should be questioned?
- How do we set appropriate expectations for student work?
- How do we adapt in a new environment (beyond training issues)?
- What training do faculty members need to be successful in online teaching?
- How do we provide equal access to distance learning?
- How do we address the technological haves and have-nots issue?
- How do we successfully implement a fee model for distance education?
- What funding models should we adapt to support distance learning course development
- How do we determine when to initiate distance education programs?
- How do we educate the decision makers on technology support?
- How do we ascertain the goals of distance learning (efficiency, broad standards, access to
quality education, reaching broader group of learners)?
- How can we support the delivery of online education (e.g., registration, advising, library
and laboratory facilities)?
- What intellectual properties/copyright issues must be addressed?
- How do we deal with the system when it fails?
- How do we address privacy issues?
- How do we keep from replicating other institutions or publishers distance learning
- How do we address the respectability/image of distance education issue?
- How do we address working across other departments in distance education
- How do we develop balance in distance learning workloads compared to traditional workloads
in clinical settings?
- What is the relationship of online education to residential campus education?
- What is the relationship between publicly funded and privately funded distance
- How do we market distance education in a changing marketplace?
- How do faculty attitudes towards distance learning impact developing distance education
- What incentives do faculty members need in order to commit to teaching online
- How do we monitor/authenticate student performance in distance learning?
- How do we assess effectiveness of online learning?
- What are the decision criteria for selecting appropriate distance learning technology?
- How do we assure that distance learning tools are interoperable?
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