Cases on Professional Distance Education Degree Programs and by Kirk P.H. Sullivan, Peter E. Czigler, Jenny M. Sullivan

By Kirk P.H. Sullivan, Peter E. Czigler, Jenny M. Sullivan Hellgren

Although net applied sciences have remodeled the idea that improvement through offering the chance for digital studying environments in a non-traditional atmosphere, the implementation distance education schemes nonetheless poses a challenge.

Cases on specialist Distance schooling measure courses and Practices: Successes, demanding situations, and Issues examines the easiest practices for executing know-how purposes and the usage of distance schooling concepts. This booklet will function a reference for teachers and teachers coordinating distance education schemes, starting up distance schooling classes, and enforcing such courses for these incomes expert degrees.

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Summary of the Programs Studied All of the programs were taught in English, were at postgraduate level and lead to either an MA or a postgraduate certificate to which more credits could be added at a later date to allow the student to be awarded an MA. Two programs were taught by English universities, one of which runs all its taught degree programs using distance teaching modes, and the other two programs were taught by Swedish universities. The difference in funding structure between England and Sweden meant that the English degree programs attracted fees, while the Swedish degree programs attracted no fee and were free.

However, both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student, communication relating to study was weak. My experience of communication and peer learning support during my campus student days left me with no expectations for communication and peer learning support when I started my first professional distance learning degree. However, as my first experience included forums for student discussion including what I will call a virtual coffee room, my expectations of communication with my fellow student grew.

This differed from my on-campus experience of turning up to lectures, seminars and labs and being expected to take the social initiative of making contact with fellow students. Naturally, online there is no one standing next to someone waiting for a classroom to be opened, or sitting next to someone in a lecture or seminar, or working with someone in a lab. Neither is there a natural gyration to form mini-groups in the class that happens in the campus classroom nor a visual or physical link between students.

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