GSBPP Faculty Perceptions of Synchronous Distance Learning Technologies
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Distance Learning DL is a formal learning activity that occurs when students and instructors are separated by either time or geographical distance. Since the learning and teaching occur in different places, DL requires special course design and instructional techniques, as well as special communication techniques and organizational- administrative arrangements DL programs have various delivery methods using either asynchronous email, Web, videotape or synchronous Video teleconferencing, Elluminate communications technologies. There are several potential benefits of DL, such as reaching students who do not have easy access to education, providing flexibility in class meeting times, mass delivery of education, improving the quality of learning as compared to traditional classroom-based instruction, and ultimately preparing students for a knowledge-based society. However, limitations and concerns are also evident in this new learning environment. Many challenges associated with DL focus on faculty issues and concerns. The aim of this project is to review the perceived difficulties of DL teaching from the perspective of faculty who teach DL programs in the Graduate School of Business Public Policy GSBPP at Naval Postgraduate School NPS, and then to recommend sound solutions in order to ensure program success.