Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Selecting Media for Distance Education

Selecting Media for Distance Education. This is a short but informative ERIC Digest that was issued in 2003. It notes, "This ERIC Digest will explore media options as they relate to instructional design for distance education, since the function and design of each medium needs to be understood if it is to lead to learning. "

I recently completed a module to deliver information to students who are not taking classes on campus. I am sure I am not the only librarian doing this. (In fact, I know I am not. We have a whole office full of them here at Central Michigan University.) As such, I found this a useful primer.

From the site:

Special considerations for distance learning are as follows: (1) determine your primary delivery approach (online or hybrid); (2) review the course outline to determine where media can be used to facilitate learning; (3) ascertain availability of student access to the media selected; and (4) locate appropriate resources to fit your objectives or plan to create them.

Be sure to consider alternative media that may be less expensive, yet potentially as effective as more expensive media. For example, print, audio and video recordings, and the telephone should be considered in the selection process. The challenge is to select and provide appropriate media that will accomplish learning objectives in the most cost-effective manner. Remember, there are often less expensive alternatives that will accomplish the same objectives.

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