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Planning ADE: Implications from the Literature on Student Perspectives

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James M. Eddy, Department Head and Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: As the use of instructional technology continues to escalate, it is not surprising that universities are attempting to reach new student markets by using technology. Many of the benefits and barriers to asynchronous distance education (ADE) have been examined over the years; however, few have explored these constructs from the student’s perspective. This manuscript points out some benefits of ADE: lower costs, increased flexibility, greater convenience, higher return on investments, and expanded opportunities. It also addresses possible obstacles: administrative policy and infrastructure issues, quality of technical instruction, inadequate support services, and intrinsic factors affecting student performance. An analysis of these pros and cons is a vital part of planning effective ADE. Suggestions for methods to improve the viability and quality of ADE from the student’s perspective are offered using examples from the discipline of health education.

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Publication
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 8, 70-79
Language: English
Date: 2005
Keywords
Distance Education, Program Planning, Asynchronous Education