Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Distance education research: A review of the literature

Document Type

Article Review

Publication Date

12-2011

Keywords

Distance education, Literature review, Equivalency theory, Definition

Publication Title

Journal of Computing in Higher Education

ISSN

1867-1233

Volume

23

Issue/No.

2

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Distance education is defined, the various approaches for effective research are summarized, and the results of major research reviews of the field are explained in this article. Additionally, two major areas of research are included--research on barriers to the adoption of distance education and research summaries that explain and support best practices in the field. This paper concludes with the summary statement that "it is not different education, it is distance education"; what is known about effectiveness in education is most often also applicable to distance education.

DOI

10.1007/s12528-011-9045-8

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