Learning Exercise

Is distance education a viable alternative?

This activity allows students to explore the principles, promises, and pitfalls of distance education, and articulate methods by which a distance education program can be pedagogically successful.
Course: Distance education; Educational technology; Educational administration

This document is the product of the University of Illinois Teaching at an Internet Distance Seminar. The group met... see more


Download the paper from the University of Illinois and open within a word processor application (59 pages).

Peruse the paper, focusing on similarities and differences between in-person and distance teaching and learning.

Create a 1500-2500 word essay on procedures to ensure that, should you be placed in charge of distance education program, that you could guide it to allow for teaching and learning at least at the same level as in-person learning. Concepts to be reported should include, at a minimum, ensuring pedagogical validity and procedures for evaluation.


This activity is made for graduate students who are entering the teaching profession, educational technology, or educational administration. Technical skills include basic web browsing and word processing.


Pedagogy; Online learning; Distance education

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to articulate an explanation as to what variables determine the success of distance education programs and how those variables can be successfully implemented at a teaching institution.