Implementing Distance Approaches to Education a Panel Discussion for ABSEL Las Vegas, 2004


  • Dan Baugher
  • Richard J. Butler
  • Sandra W. Morgan
  • Andrew Varanelli


Panelists lead discussion of implementation issues in distance education. Distance education is broadly conceived to include modes that result in infrequent face to face meetings with faculty. The panel begins with a discussion of an on-line, project based, MBA program. Implementation problems associated with Internet resources are discussed. Compared with classroom courses, on-line courses may require different behavioral cues. One panelist reports his study of cues for predicting on-line student performance. Organizational and faculty responses to distance education change the role of faculty, with accompanying workload and quality issues. Audience is invited to participate, with observations on changes in their circumstances when implementing distance and other non-traditional education modes.