What information is available to faculty and students on distance education and online learning?
Distance education and online learning are no longer considered cutting-edge. It is now common for academic programs to offer online course work and distance education options within the curriculum. The CAA has been including distance education in its accreditation since at least 1998. There are a number of programs in communication sciences and disorders that offer courses online. EdFind, the new online search engine, allows students and others to search and sort for programs that offer classes via distance education. The new Higher Education Data System (HES) also tracks technology being utilized at academic programs that offer distance education. As data are collected in the next few years, it is anticipated that trends will become evident.
The following resources are available to assist both faculty and students:
Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning [PDF]
This fifth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Petersen's Distance Learning Assessment
Find out what kind of learning environment would be best for you: a traditional setting or a distance learning program.
This article first appeared in the April 2008 issue of Access Academics and Research.