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"The Promise and the Reality of Distance Education" (, 46KB,  4pp)
The reality of distance education is far from the high expectations set by many of the start-up dot.coms of the mid 1990s. This Research Center Update reports on the successes and failures of the for-profit and nonprofit education institutions offering distance education.

Excerpt: Leadership Manual for Association Leaders in Higher Education UnitsTechnology Bargaining, Policy and Costs
This publication addresses a number of technological issues—including distance education—that should be considered in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. The excerpt of Chapter 2 which reviews "breakthroughs of the past, expectations of administrations, and the impact on academic productivity. E-mail NEA's Office of Higher Education to request the manual.

Research Center Update: Focus on Distance Education (, 51, KB, 6pp)
As a follow-up to the NEA survey on Distance Education, this report delves deeper into faculty concerns about human contact, training and support, compensation and property rights, enrollment limits, and quality.

Distance Learning Faculty Poll (, 266KB, 54pp)
Confronting the future of distance learning, one in 10 of NEA higher education faculty members have taught a distance learning course in the last five years. The vast majority of faculty have very positive feelings about distance learning. This survey taps into the perceptions of over 400 members who teach distance learning courses, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of distance teaching and learning.

"Quality on the Line" (, 399KB, 43pp)
This report identifies quality benchmarks considered critical to ensuring quality Internet-based distance learning. The report, supported by NEA and Blackboard, was prepared by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

"Distance Education at Postsecondary Education Institutions: 1997-98" (, 62KB, 6pp)
This Research Center Update report presents the findings from the National Center for Education Statistics survey on distance education for the 1997-98 academic year. While distance education offerings are becoming more commonplace, questions regarding costs, quality assurance, faculty challenges, and intellectual property still must be addressed.

"What's the Difference?" (, 160KB, 42pp)
This report is a review of the contemporary research on the effectiveness of distance education in higher education. Commissioned by NEA and AFT, The Institute for Higher Education Policy conducted this review to analyze what the research really tells us.

Distance Education at a Glance
Visit this site for a series of guides written to help teachers, students and administrators understand distance education.

Distance Education in Higher Education Institutions
This survey on distance education course offerings was released in October 1997 by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The American Center for the Study of Distance Education
The center was established for scholars who have a common interest in doing research, studying, and teaching in the field of distance education. An electronic journal, The American Journal of Distance Education and several other on-line resources are available on this site.

United States Distance Learning Association
This nonprofit organization formed in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. Their electronic journal, The ED Journal is touted as the only academic journal specifically for distance learning.

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