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My Reflection

What do you think the perceptions of distance learning will be in the future (in 5-10 years; 10-20)?

In this week’s resources, Dr. George Siemens gave several reasons for accepting the growing increase in distance education. I believe that in the next 5-10 years, people will become even more accepting of distance education. We live in a time where technology is constantly evolving and as the years progress, the quality of distance education will improve. If we take a look at how distance education first started, we see that communication in distance education first started with mail correspondence then progressed to audio and video conferencing, online messaging, and emailing (Naidu, 2014). I think that individuals who are not as accepting of distance learning now, will eventually begin to see reasons for accepting distance education. Dr. Siemens mentioned that an increase in distance education is fueled by the following:

  • Increase online communication
  • Practical experience with new tools
  • Growing comfort with online discourse
  • Enables us to communicate with diverse and global groups (Laureate Education, n.d.).

I also think that individuals will see how beneficial it is to enroll in distance education programs. Learners have that flexibility with their schedule and can access their classes at any time. I also think that once individuals start to see that an online degree and a degree earned from a traditional school are of the same value once those institutions are accredited.

How can you as an instructional designer be a proponent for improving societal perceptions of distance learning?

As an instructional designer, there are several things that I can do to be a proponent for improving societal perceptions of distance learning. I must first plan effectively and in order for me to do that, I must know and understand my learners and how they learn best. Although the content being presented is very important, application and activities are just as important because the learners need to be able to apply what they have learned to the activities (Laureate Education, n.d.). As an instructional designer, I will ensure that there are activities and applications for the learners to complete so that it will help the learners learn the content (Laureate Education, n.d.). I will also have to work closely with the facilitator of the course so that he or she understands the lessons, applications, and activities thoroughly. By doing these things as an instructional designer, I think that it would improve societal perceptions of distance education.

How will you be a positive force for continuous improvement in the field of distance education?

One way in which I could be a positive force for continuous improvement in the field of distance education is by constantly learning from other instructional designers. By learning from them, I can avoid certain mistakes they have made when planning. I will also seek feedback from my clients, colleagues, and learners so that I can make improvements where it is needed.  Another way in which I can be a positive force for continuous improvement in distance education is keeping abreast of the new technology tools and how to use it. I would have to ensure that my learners have access to those tools and have the ability to use them in order to thrive in the class.

In conclusion, distance education has come a long way and will continue to evolve as the years progress. I think as people start to see that distance education has the same value of traditional education, they will an increase of acceptance once those institutions are accredited. I believe that planning effectively and working closely with the facilitator will help improve societal perceptions of distance education. Being a positive force in the field of distance education requires you to always seek feedback from learners and colleagues in order to help improve distance education.

 

 

References

Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Facilitating online learning [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.walden.edu

Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). The future of distance education [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.walden.edu

Naidu, S. (2014). Looking back, looking forward: the invention and reinvention of distance education. Distance Education, 35(3), 263-270.

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Converting to a Distance Learning Format

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Converting a face-to-face learning program to a distance learning format is something that requires a lot of time and planning. It is important to think about the resources that you need to consider in order for your learners to understand and successfully apply the content. I have provided a guide for you to convert your face-to-face learning program to a distance learning format. The guide (wk7assgn-donadelle-a) includes pre-planning strategies; a few examples of Web 2.0 tools that you could use that will enhance the distance learning; the role of the trainer in a distance learning environment; and steps that you should take to encourage your learners to communicate. I believe that the advice that I have provided will help you in successfully converting your program.

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