Impediments to Distance Education on the Learner Part
Muhammet Demirbilek, Sebnem Cilesiz, University of Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper is a review of literature on the impediments to distance education on the learners' part. The authors believe that an understanding of the impediments to distance education on the learners' part will help teachers at all levels (preservice, inservice, higher education) not only to set more realistic expectations from students but also to design their distance courses in a way that meets the learners' needs. Distance education is identified as "student centered" by many researchers and thus much of the research in the literature presents various barriers to distance learning from the students' perspective. The authors review these barriers and present them under six categories: the learner's comfort level with technology, technical shortage, level of interaction, the level of learner's psychological readiness, cultural/individual characteristics, and environmental factors.
Demirbilek, M. & Cilesiz, S. (2002). Impediments to Distance Education on the Learner Part. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 149-152). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).