Sunday, August 21, 2011

Distance Education Blog—Final Reflection

“The number of students participating in college-level online courses has out-distanced all other forms of distance learning, in a remarkably short amount of time” (Gambescia, Paolucci, 2009). This trend and increased attendance in college-level online courses will gain momentum in the next 5-10 years and the next 10-20 years.

Distance education has many benefits that we have explored over the last eight weeks in this course. These benefits are why so may students and business have chosen distance-learning platforms to educate students and employees respectively. “There are many reasons for this [increase]: convenience, older and more technologically-savvy students who hold a job and have a family, and students looking for a particular curriculum they can't find locally (What is the Future of Distance Learning, 2011). Growing acceptance of distance education is fueled by several factors as explained in our course resources this week:
·      The Increase in online communication
·      Practical experience with new tools
·      Growing comfort with online discourse
·      Ability to communicate with diverse and global groups (Siemens, n.d.)
Distance education will be impacted by new communication technologies, contributions by experts around the world, and increased used of multimedia, games, and simulations (Siemens, n.d.). If distance learning can continue to grow in these impact areas, and continue to extend its many benefits it can become a key and primary method of educating students of all ages.

An instructional designer can be a proponent for improving societal perceptions of distance learning by assisting in the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of appealing and effective training. In many cases the work of the instructional designer may not be noticed by the learner, as the learner is not involved in the entire ID process, they typically are only able to observe the work of the implementation and/or evaluation phases.  So in many cases it is the id’s role to ensure their role is done to the best of their ability and their portion is a seamless part of the final product.

I feel the way that I can be a positive force for continuous improvement in the field of distance education is first in understanding the field and all that it entails. The next way that I feel I can be a positive force is in educating my various clients/employers of the pros and cons of distance education, and assist them in creating training that best meets their needs.


Gambescia, S., & Paolucci, R. (2009). Academic fidelity and integrity
            as attributes of university online degree program offerings. Online Journal
            of Distance Learning Administration, 12(1). Retrieved from
Siemens, G. (n.d.). Facilitating Learning. [Video] Available: Laureate Education, Inc.
What is the Future of Distance Learning? (2011).
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  1. Audrea,
    I am looking forward to following your blog and learning with you in our project management course!


  2. Hi Audrea -

    I'm following your blog.