Best Practices for Distance Learning

The inclusion of distance education is on the rise in universities and educational institutions around the world. Modern technology has provided many avenues and opportunities for distance learners. The following best practices manual presents a brief history and background of distance education, as well as a valuable guide to including this fast-growing, alternative form of education at an existing school site.

Learning does not happen best haphazardly. Teaching is not a profession for the untrained. Research enables educators to find out the best approach to learning. Gleaning from others' research, knowledge, and experience, educators are able to bring the very best techniques, lessons, activities, and experience into the classroom.

The following Best Practices of Distance Learning Manual, created by a team of Graduate students from the Grand Canyon University in Arizona, is a compilation of research of what they have found to be the best practices in distance learning.

Our topics include Distance Education design, development, delivery, application, and assessment. 

Authors: Barbara Sommers, Heather Steyn, Judith Strawderman, Rachel Tankersley, Dawn Tanis, Cheryl Travis, Brian Valente, and Russell Zaug