Engineering Management Synthesis
Distance learning is becoming more prevalent in higher education as universities look to broaden their class offerings by developing partnerships with other institutions. These distance learning partnerships allow students to select classes from a wider range of topics while keeping the university's cost as low as possible. The key in developing an effective distance learning environment is the selection of the proper communication system which allows for "classroom like" interaction between students and the teacher. This paper defines, via questionnaires with both students and teachers, the variables required to develop an effective distance learning environment and completes a technology assessment determining which systems best fit the defined requirements. The paper concludes that the integration of standard business equipment into the distance learning communication system is the key success factor in implementing a successful distance learning classroom environment.
Alvarez, John; Buescher, Ed; Dorrance, John; Jones, Cliff; and Knoben, Kerry, "Multisite Educational Technology Assessment" (1995). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 1853.