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Guiding Principles for Distance Teaching and Learning

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.
Martina Horner

The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) has identified basic assumptions and guiding principles for identifying and evaluating web-based courses and non-formal education programs. ADEC guidelines address web-based learning environments that are designed for distance as well as face-to-face students.

ADEC Basic Assumptions

ADEC Principles

ADEC Characteristics of quality web-based teaching and learning:

  1. Fosters meaning-making, discourse
  2. Moves from knowledge transmission to learner-controlled systems
  3. Provides for reciprocal teaching
  4. Is learner-centered
  5. Encourages active participation, knowledge construction
  6. Based on higher level thinking skills analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
  7. Promotes active learning
  8. Allows group collaboration and cooperative learning
  9. Provides multiple levels of interaction
  10. Focuses on real-world problem solving

Read the complete text of the ADEC Guiding Principles

Contributed by Chip Donohue

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