Essential Question: What lessons can we take from Global Distance Learning Efforts?
I did not realize how far back distance education went. There have been a lot of advances in technology but some of the framework still remains the same. Moore & Kearsely (2011) discuss so many varying options for different countries. Some of the top that stuck out were that at UKOU the tuition is low ($7500 for a baccalaureate degree) and that there are not any prerequisites to get in. I believe education should be available to all who desire it. I think it is also beneficial to have programs that offer 4 year degrees that are fully online. I know that the Korean National Open University (KNOU) now has this capability. Some countries that have fantastic distance programs also have the support of their government. I think that countries that place a high priority on education are seeing bigger results. For example "Norway is also now among world leaders in a new innovation, the setting up of learning networks. The most prominent of these, founded in 2007, is a network called Studiesenteret that provides learning programs in 80 municipalities and seven university colleges."
Norvig (2012) talks about a setup that allowed for success in his class. He tried for the 1 on 1 tutoring approach in their videos. This means that he filmed a video as if he were actually tutoring a student. He aimed for videos under 10 minutes an embedded questions. "Students learn best when they are actively practicing." These questions were open ended to provide more application outside of the learning modules. Finally he set due dates to keep students on track. These are easy practice to implement and ones that I plan to use. His audience was over 160,000 students with 20,000 completing the class.
When education is global there can be some challenges. One of the top challenges is cultural misunderstandings. Shirvani, Scorza, Alkhathlan, & García (2011) found that in developing countries one is likely to find one or more of the following conditions:
There are so many ways to approach distance education and I don't believe there is one correct way. I think looking at all of these examples just makes me realize that it is important for students to find a program that works for them.
Moore, M. G., & Kearsley, G. (2011). Distance education: A systems view of online learning [Kindle Edition]. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Norvig, Peter. [TED]. (2012 June 18) The 100,000-student classroom. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYclUdcsdeo
Shirvani, H., Scorza, J., Alkhathlan, K., & García, F. L. (2011, November 27). GLOBAL: The challenges of global online education. Retrieved November 04, 2016, from http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20111125211420618