Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Distance education and online instruction: Profession or field?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Keywords

Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Definitions, Distance Education, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Individualized Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Online Systems, Researchers

Publication Title

Quarterly Review of Distance Education

ISSN

1528-3518

Volume

2

Issue/No.

4

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Finn (1953) implied research and practice could not be conducted effectively without clear terminology. Keegan's (1986) work became the foundation for more modern definitions, including one espoused by this journal, "institutionally-based, formal education, where the learning group is separated and where interactive technologies are used to unite the group," one that has come under attack by vendors of online learning materials.

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