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Student and Faculty Issues in Distance Education

Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference,


Occupational safety and health faculty and occupational safety and health professionals (i.e., the potential audience for graduate level distance education programs) were surveyed to determine the considerations for a distance education-based graduate occupational safety and health program. Findings are reported related to the demand for distance education, program attributes necessary for students, and faculty issues. Adequate time is the largest issue for potential students. Faculty need to be sufficiently trained in pedagogy, technology, and communications so that they have the same comfort level with this method of instruction as they do for the more familiar classroom. Additionally, technical and instructional support personnel need to be readily available to work with the faculty and support course development. Recommendations include: (1) institutions need to be clear in marketing about what is expected of students and what distance education is; (2) technology should never get in the way of instruction; (3) considering the needs of distance students must be a primary concern; (4) faculty should be encouraged to participate in delivering courses via means of distance education; and (5) further research needs to be focused on specific technologies and pedagogical issues in distance education in order to develop best practices for course delivery. (Contains 12 references.) (MES)


Fender, D.L. (2002). Student and Faculty Issues in Distance Education. Presented at Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference 2002. Retrieved December 9, 2019 from .

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