Final Examination

Using the text and other readings as a basis, answer the assigned number of questions from the text as fully as possible. I send you an email message detailing the number of questions you must individually answer. This number is dependent upon online participation and demonstrated investment in the class.

Each answer should be around 500 words (1-2 pages). Grade criteria will depend largely on your ability to integrate the concepts of the course readings into your essay. Each question has listed at least two course readings that must be accounted for in your answer.

Answers must be placed in BlackBoard's Digital Drop Box by 7 :00 PM Monday, May 8, 2003. Answers arriving before that time will be immediately graded, and you will be given a chance to revise the answers if you wish, subject the above deadline.

  1. Comment on the effects of Transactional Distance as a theory of distance education. What are the claims of this theory, how do they differentiate distance education from traditional "pedagogical" theory, and what is your reaction to them? Peters Chapter 3 and 4, my lecture notes on transactional distance, Harasim 1989 in the context of my lecture notes.
  2. How does learner achievement differ between distance education and the traditional classroom? Or is this a fair question? See Reconsidering Research in Education (Clark, R.) [available in BlackBoard], Research in Distance Education (Threlkeld,R.) [available in BlackBoard] and SSAZ Chapters 1, 2, 7, 11 and 12.
  3. Instructional Systems Design is seen as foundational to the Systems View of Distance Education. Contrast the needs of SSAZ and Moore and Kearsley with the constructivist ideas put forward by David Jonassen, et al. Which design methodology will you employ in your practice, and why? SSAZ Chapter 6, Moore and Kearsley Chapter 1 and 6 (esp. pp 101 - 107) [available in BlackBoard], Constructivism and Computer-Mediated Communication in Distant Education (Jonassen, D.) [available in BlackBoard].
  4. Teaching online brings many new challenges to bear upon educational practice. Comment on the changed role of the teacher and what strategies must be employed to enjoy success in distance education. SSAZ Chapters 1, 8, Peters Chapter 2, Changing faculty roles for audiographics and online teaching (Gunawardena, C.) [available in BlackBoard] and your own experiences online.
  5. Is distance education always destined to be second best to live instruction? Or could there be a time when it becomes preferable? Is there a future in which technological advances (and perhaps social changes) will make distance education a rich, imaginative way to learn that better prepares students for the 21st Century? Peters Chapters 6 and 8, The Vision (Tiffin, J.) [available in BlackBoard] and The Social Life of Information (2000)[available in BlackBoard].
  6. Write your own topic and submit it to me for acceptance

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