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Distance Education

  • "The Promise and the Reality of Distance Education" (PDF , 46 KB, 4 pgs.)
    The reality of distance education is far from the high expectations set by many of the start-up dot.coms of the mid 1990s. This 2002 Research Center Update reports on the successes and failures of the for-profit and nonprofit education institutions offering distance education.
  • Excerpt: Leadership Manual for Association Leaders in Higher Education Units Technology Bargaining, Policy and Costs
    This publication addresses a number of technological issues—including distance education—that should be considered in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. The excerpt of Chapter 2 which reviews "breakthroughs of the past, expectations of administrations, and the impact on academic productivity. E-mail NEA's Office of Higher Education to request the manual.
  • Research Center Update: Focus on Distance Education (PDF , 50 KB, 6 pgs.)
    As a follow-up to the NEA survey (PDF , 265 KB, 54pp) on Distance Education, this report delves deeper into faculty concerns about human contact, training and support, compensation and property rights, enrollment limits, and quality.
  • Distance Learning Faculty Poll (PDF , 265 KB, 54 pgs.)
    Confronting the future of distance learning, one in 10 of NEA higher education faculty members have taught a distance learning course in the last five years. The vast majority of faculty have very positive feelings about distance learning. This survey taps into the perceptions of over 400 members who teach distance learning courses, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of distance teaching and learning.
  • "Quality on the Line" (PDF , 338 KB, 45 pgs.)
    This report identifies quality benchmarks considered critical to ensuring quality Internet-based distance learning. The report, supported by NEA and Blackboard, was prepared by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
  • "What's the Difference?" (PDF , 159 KB, 48 pgs.)
    This report is a review of the contemporary research on the effectiveness of distance education in higher education. Commissioned by NEA and AFT, The Institute for Higher Education Policy conducted this review to analyze what the research really tells us.




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