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ADEC Guiding Principles for
Distance Learning

  1. Design for active and effective learning.
    Principle: Distance learning designs consider
    • specific context
    • needs, learning goals, and other characteristics of the learners
    • nature of the content
    • appropriate instructional strategies and technologies
    • desired learning outcomes
    • local learning environment


  2. Support the needs of learners.
    Principle: Distance learning opportunities are effectively and flexibly supported, including
    • initial disclosure of information on the learning opportunities
    • orientation to the process of learning at a distance, including use of technologies for learning
    • site and tutorial support
    • student advising and counseling
    • provision of technical support and library and information services
    • problem-solving assistance


  3. Develop and maintain the technological and human infrastructure.
    Principle: The provider of distance learning opportunities has both a technology plan and a human infrastructure to ensure that
    • appropriate technical requirements are established
    • compatibility needs are met
    • technology at origination and receive sties are maintained to ensure technical quality
    • learners and learning facilitators are supported in their use of these technologies
    • partnering and collaboration are explored as appropriate


  4. Sustain administrative and organizational commitment.
    Principle: Distance education initiatives are sustained by an administrative commitment to quality distance education, as indicated by
    • integration of distance education into the mission of the organization
    • financial commitment to accommodate diverse distance learning needs
    • faculty development and reward structures
    • training to support learners, site facilitators, and technicians
    • marketing and management structures to promote and sustain distance education
    • cost-effectiveness reflected through best use of fiscal, technical, and human resources
    • ongoing evaluation and research

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Last Updated: July 24, 2002