Distance Education: An Ultimate Subject for Teachers and Students
Osama Shata, Mahmoud Abaza, Athabasca Univ., Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
In this paper, we use the term "distance education" to refer to the situation where computer-mediated technology is used as the main delivering media of courses of study, and where the teacher and the student are physically in two different locations. Many research papers discuss the reform of high school education and deal with issues such as the new technology and computer mediated curriculums without discussing the role that distance education may play in this reform. Other papers discuss how to improve teachers' knowledge of certain subject areas and only address distance education as a way to make teachers' professional development more flexible in terms of time and space. This paper takes a different approach in claiming and justifying that taking a course at distance should be part of the high school curriculum, and that students need to experience a form of distance education even if they plan to continue their study at traditional institutions. Moreover, this paper also claims and justifies that distance education is a key factor in teachers' good teaching at traditional schools.
Shata, O. & Abaza, M. (2001). Distance Education: An Ultimate Subject for Teachers and Students. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 282-288). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 29, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/16695/.
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